The E1 visa for Treatćy Traders allows nationals from countries that maintain an appropriate treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S., to enter the U.S. to conduct trade between the U.S. and their home country.
Personnel including executives, managers and specialists of a treaty nation company operating in the U.S.
Nationals of treaty countries seeking to enter the U.S. to carry out substantial trade
Immediate family members of US E1 visa holders
Companies in treaty countries to send key personnel to manage the U.S. affiliate or branch
Companies in tr eaty countries to send personnel to setup a U.S. company
You can travel freely in and out of the U.S. while on a valid startup visa
You can stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two year extensions as long as you maintain valid E1 status
Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your E1 status. They can also attend school
You can apply at an American Consulate abroad or apply for a change of status if you are in the U.S.
Your spouse may seek employment by applying for an employment authorization document - e visa online
To qualify for the E1 visa, you must fulfill the following requirements:
You must be a national of a country that maintains a treaty of navigation and commerce with the U.S. for E1 visa purposes.
The trading firm for which you are coming to the U.S. must have the nationality of the treaty country.
The international trade between your home country and the U.S. must be ‘substantial’ in the sense that there is a sizable and continuing volume of trade. More than 50 per cent of the international trade involved must be between the U.S. and your home country.
Note: Trade means the international exchange of goods, services and technology. The item of trade, and title of that item, must pass from one party to the other in exchange for consideration.
Spouses of E1 visa holders may accept employment in the U.S. by obtaining an Employment Authorization Document.
To change the purpose of your visit while you are in the U.S. on an E1 visa, you must change your visa status.
The information provided here is applicable to New E1 Visa and E1 Extension.
To apply for an E1 US visa, you must first establish that the trading enterprise meets the requirements of the law. You may also be required to provide evidence demonstrating that your stay in the U.S. will be temporary.
Your E visa application must include:
The E1 US visa, initially, is generally issued for a five-year period. E1 Visa holders are generally granted 2 year of authorized stay upon entry into the U.S. You can obtain E1 status extensions for up to two years at a time from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Since there is no limit on the number of extensions you may obtain, you can stay in the U.S. indefinitely.
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany or join you in the U.S. for the duration of your stay can apply for E1 visas. Your spouse may also be eligible to take up employment during his/her stay in the U.S. by applying for an employment authorization document. The E2 Treaty Investor visa allows nationals from countries that have treaties of commerce and navigation or bilateral agreements in effect with the U.S., to enter the U.S. for the purpose of directing and developing the operations of an enterprise they have invested in, or are in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
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