The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa enables qualified foreign nationals to work in the U.S., emphasizing significant international trade. This visa is for citizens of countries with U.S. trade or investment treaties.
Applicants must engage actively in trading goods, services, or technology between the U.S. and their home country. They also need to be nationals of a treaty country and sustain ongoing, substantial U.S. trade.
The trade should have considerable quantity, volume, or value. Over 50% of an applicant’s global trade must include the U.S. and their treaty country. Applicants must also demonstrate a purpose to conduct major U.S. trade as principal traders or vital employees.
The role of the employee must be executive, supervisory, or essential. Their skills should be indispensable for the company’s trading efficiency.
The E-1 visa grants initial U.S. entry for up to two years to the trader and dependents. Extensions are possible if you continue to meet the criteria.
Although a nonimmigrant visa, the E-1 category permits indefinite renewals. This is contingent on maintaining substantial U.S. trade activities.