The Kenya Government should start initiating a process for making Kenya to be among the E-2 treaty countries with America.
The request was initiated by the Diaspora organization that mirrors the Kenya National Assembly called Diaspora National Assembly, whose mission is to engage Kenyans living in the Diaspora to be part of building our economy and also to engage them in debating on issues beneficial to our country.
If Kenya can sign the E-2 treaty agreement with American Government like the few countries in Africa who are already members, it will encourage Kenyan businessmen especially those that have families here to come and invest while benefiting from the Program as their children will have a chance to permanently live and study and work in America.
The Diaspora National Assembly, contacted the Department of State here in USA, and were advised that the Department of Trade in Kenya, can make an appointment with the US consular office and get the process started.
Diaspora National Assembly, then wrote a letter to the Ministry dated April 14th 2020, but due to the bureaucracy and red tapes in Government protocols, the same was not acted upon or even acknowledged.
To The Attention of the Permanent Secretary.
Ministry of Trade
Social Security House, Block A, 17th, 23rd Floor
P.O. Box 30418-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20-2731531, Fax: +254 20-2731511
April 14th 2020
Kenyans that want to immigrate or start international businesses that can make them eligible for loans with small interest, can benefit from this program which many countries are member states.
In Africa, the only countries that have signed the E2 treaty with America are, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Senegal, and Togo
This E2 treaty will allow member states residents to apply for E2 Visa which are more relaxed than the HB5 Visa.
The world is a global trade village and this will not be seen as draining the economy through repatriating funds as the same will also ease the unemployment rate in Kenya when many families immigrate. It will also double remittances to Kenya as businessmen will use their profits to boost their other businesses in Kenya.
It will also increase trade as the investors can be global trotters operating from both countries at ease.
After the treaty is signed, the same process can make Kenyans eligible for the E-3 visa as members of Commonwealth countries like Australia and those wishing to enter the United States to perform services in a “specialty occupation.” The term “specialty occupation” means an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.
It is our wish that the Government shall initiate this process so that when President Uhuru Kenyatta make the next visit to the United States to negotiate loans, he can then use that opportunity to sign the treaty while in America.
Arch Dr Isaac Kinungi
Diaspora National Assembly for 254