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E1 VISA / TREATY TRADER
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Treaty traders and their employees may apply for visas to carry on substantial
trade between the United States and their home country, if their country
of citizenship has the required treaty with the United States.
The E1 treaty trader classification is authorized for a national of a
country with which the United States has a commercial treaty, who is coming
to the US solely to engage in trade of a substantial nature principally
between the United States and the alien's country of nationality. The
trade involved must be international exchange (successfully negotiated
contracts binding on all parties) of items of trade between the US and
a treaty country. Title to the trade item must pass from one treaty party
to the other.
If the alien is inside the US, he or she may apply for a change of status,
extension of stay, or change of employment. This classification does not
require a petition for employment if the alien is outside of the US. If
outside of the US, the alien applies for an E1 visa on his or her own
behalf directly to a US consular office abroad.
E1 VISA / DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
The E1 visa application must be filed with evidence that:
1. The applicant is a national of a country with which the USA has the
requisite treaty or agreement;
2. The activity constitutes trade as defined at 8 C.F.R. Section 214.2(e)(9);
3. The trade is of a substantial nature (i.e. an amount of trade sufficient
to ensure a continuous flow of international trade items between the US
and the treaty country);
4. The trade conducted by the alien is principally trade between the United
States and the treaty country of which the alien is a national. Trade
is deemed to be principally between the US and treaty country when over
50% of the volume of international trade conducted by the treaty trader
is between the US and treaty country of the treaty trader's nationality;
5. If the applicant is not the principal trader, he or she must be employed
in an executive or supervisory capacity, or possess special qualifications
that make the applicant's services essential to the successful and efficient
operation of the enterprise;
6. Ordinary skilled or unskilled workers do not qualify. The applicant
intends to depart the US upon the expiration of E1 status. (However, an
application for initial admission, change of status, or extension of stay
in E classification may not be denied solely on the basis of an approved
request for permanent labor certification or a filed or approved immigrant
visa preference petition.);
7. The employee has the same nationality as the principal alien employer;
8. The alien principal employer is an enterprise or organization at least
50% owned by persons having the nationality of the treaty country.
E1 DEPENDENTS / FAMILY
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of nationality,
may receive derivative E visas in order to accompany the principal alien.
Family members may be students in the US while remaining in E1 dependent
status and spouses may apply for work authorization with the US Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Holders of E visas may reside in the United States as long as they continue
to maintain their status with the trade between their home country and
the United States.
E1 VISA LAW LIBRARY
Affairs Manual 41.51 - Treaty Trader & Investor
of E1 Visa Treaty Countries
Permit for E1 Spouse - USCIS Memorandum
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