The Portuguese Golden visa program becomes even more attractive to property investors who have already acquired Portuguese nationality and want to apply for E-1/E-2 visa to enter United States.
Congress has approved HR 776 making the eligibility of Portuguese traders and investors to apply for E-1 and E-2 visas on a condition that aliens who have acquired nationality by investment must have lived for atleast three years to apply for E visas
The bill was signed into law by President Biden on Dec 23, 2022, the “James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023” (the “Act”).
SEC. 5902 – Eligibility of Portuguese traders and investors for E-1 and
E-2 nonimmigrant visas subjected to following condition below..
Nonimmigrant Traders and Investors.– Portugal shall be considered
to be a foreign state described in such section if the Government of
Portugal provides similar nonimmigrant status to nationals of the
Eligibility Criteria for E Visas
An alien who has acquired the relevant nationality through a financial investment and who has not previously been granted status under this subparagraph, the foreign state of which the alien is a national and in which the alien has been domiciled for a continuous period of not less than 3 years at any point before applying for a nonimmigrant visa.
The State department will list Portugal will be listed in treaty countries once Portugal fulfils the all conditions with reciprocity of the agreement.