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E-2 Change of Status for Individuals with Dual Nationalities

For individuals who are nationals of both a treaty and non-treaty country, the nationality claimed at the time of entry will determine whether change to E-2 status is possible. For example, if a person entered the United Status as a national of Mainland China with a B1/B2 visa, that person cannot then request a change of status to E-2 based on him or her also being a national of Grenada.

“It is hereby found that, in the case of a dual national alien nonimmigrant, the nationality claimed or established by him at the time of his entry into the United States must be regarded . . . as his sole operative nationality for the duration of his temporary stay in the U.S.”

Matter of Ognibene, 18 I&N Dec. 425 (Reg’l Comm’r 1983).

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