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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty Helps New Britain Entrepreneur Obtain Visa, Stay in Business

August 15, 2016
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Esty Helps New Britain Entrepreneur Obtain Visa, Stay in Business

August 15, 2016


Nara Mijid, a Mongolian native, is a former professor at Central Connecticut State University and small business owner. Her business provides economic analysis, market research, and impact studies to help women- and minority-owned businesses in Connecticut.

After meeting Esty at her Community Resources Fair in May, Mijid requested a letter of support and assistance from Esty in order to acquire an E-2 entrepreneurial treaty investor visa. Esty wrote a letter on Mijid’s behalf to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), highlighting the importance of her work helping small businesses in Connecticut and her record of service as a businesswoman and teacher in New Britain.

After Esty’s letter of support, Mijid received a notice from USCIS that her visa was approved.

“I’m grateful to Rep. Esty for supporting my case to obtain an E-2 treaty investor visa. Transitioning from academia to a private practice was difficult, and to obtain an E-2 visa added another layer of difficulty. However, Rep. Esty and her staff’s dedication to my case helped me, and made it possible.” Mijid said. “I can proudly say that I am an aspiring entrepreneur.”

“This visa will allow Nara to continue her important work helping women and people of color grow and maintain small businesses in our state,” Esty said. “Residents like Nara who have proven time and time again that they are tremendous assets to the community deserve the opportunity to remain in their home and pursue their dreams. I am looking forward to reading Nara’s research, and watching her continue her positive impact on New Britain’s community and Connecticut’s economy.”