E-1 Treaty Traders Visa Overview
An E-1 Treaty Traders Visa allows nationals of the Treaty countries, countries with which the U.S. maintains a treaty of commence and navigation, to enter the U.S. for the purpose of carrying out international trade on behalf of his/her own behalf. E-1 Treaty Traders Visa is often the next best thing to Lawful Permanent Residency, as E-1 and E-2 visas may be renewable indefinitely, provide the requirements of the E-1 or E-1 visa continue to be met.
Who is qualified for an E-1 Visa?
If you are a business person, a manager, or key employee from one of the Treaty countries and your company intends to carry on substantial trade principally between the United States and the foreign state of which you are a national, then the E-1 Treaty Traders Visa may be the appropriate visa for you. To be eligible for an E-1 Treaty Trader Visa, you must be:
- A foreign national who is the national from one of the Treaty countries which the U.S. maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
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- A foreign nationals of Treaty countries who enters the U.S. to carry our “substantial” trade between the U.S. and the treaty country.
- A supervisor, manager, key employee, or specialist operating a business in the United States.
What are the requirements?
- Nationals of Treaty countries entering the U.S. to carry out “substantial” trade.
Advantages of E-1 Treaty Traders Visa over other employment Visas
- E-1 Treaty Traders Visa do not have a required minimum amount of trade, but rather the amount of trade must be “substantial” in the sense that there is a sizable and continued volume of trade.
- Application can be directly made at the US Consulate in your home country, generally having shorter processing times.
- E-1 Treaty Traders Visa can be extended indefinitely after the initial issuance.
- Your spouse as a dependent will be eligible for a work authorization and able to work anywhere in the United States.
- Your children under the age of 21 may go to school in the United States while you’re on a E-1 Treaty Trader Visa status.