E-1 Visa for Treaty Traders
The United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with certain countries, allowing nationals of those countries to be admitted to the United States to engage in international trade. This agreement between the U.S. and foreign countries allows applicable immigrants to apply for the Treaty Trader Visa (E-1). E-1 visas are available to traders and certain employees of those traders, as well as spouses and children.
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E-1 Visa Guidelines
Securing an E-1 visa will first depend on where an applicant currently is. Traders already admitted to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa can change their immigrant status to E-1 by filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Traders can also file the same form on behalf of lawful nonimmigrant employees. Prospective traders not already in the U.S. need to apply for an E-1 from the U.S. Department of State by completing Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
E-1 Visa Qualification
Treaty traders must meet certain criteria.
- Be a national of a country that maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S.
- Conducts numerous trade actions over time
- At least 50% of trade actions must be with the qualifying treaty country
Employees of treaty traders must meet separate criteria.
- Is the same nationality as the treaty trader
- Is considered an ’employee’ under relevant law
- Conducts executive or supervisory actions or has special qualifications
What Qualifies as Trade?
Trade is not limited specifically to physical products, but can also include services. The USCIS lists the following categories as qualifying as trade:
- International banking
- Technology and its transfer
- Some news-gathering activities
E-1 Visa Limitations
E-1 visas have a maximum stay of two years, though they can be extended for two more years without a limit on the number of extensions. Treaty traders can only work in the same activity in which they were approved for. USCIS needs to approve any substantial changes in the business, including mergers and acquisitions, which requires a new Form I-129.
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