TREATY INVESTOR AND TRADER WORK VISAS
E-1 and E-2 Visas
Treaties between the United States and many countries allow foreign nationals to come to the United States to conduct trade or to manage substantial investments. Unlike the one million dollar threshold for the permanent resident investor visa, there is no fixed dollar amount for treaty investment. Those qualifying for the E-1 (Trader) or E-2 (investor) visas can pursue long-term business objectives using these practical visas.
Who Qualifies for an E-1 Treaty Trader Visa?
A person may be issued an E-1 Treaty visa if:
Who Qualifies for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa?
A person may be issues an E-2 Treaty investor visa if:
How Long Can E Visa Holders Remain in the United States?
E-visas are generally issued for five years. Extensions of stay in the United States may be granted as long as eligibility continues and the treaty remains in force.
At the border, E visa holders are admitted to the United States for two years. Extensions of stay in the United States may be granted for up to two years at a time from the appropriate immigration Regional Service Center.
An E visa can be issued for an additional five years at the home Consulate or by the State Department Visa Office in Washington, DC before termination of the original E visa without the need to return to the home country.
Spouse and children of E visa holder may attend school but cannot be employed.
Countries with Treaties for E-1 Visas
Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China (Taiwan), Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Serbia Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, Wallis & Futura Islands, and Western Sahara.
Countries with Treaties for E-2 Visas
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China (Taiwan), Columbia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korean, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Antilles, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Serbia Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Toto, Trinidad &b Tobado, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Wallis & Futura Islands, Western Sahara, and Zaire.
Countries Pending Treaties for E-2 Visas
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Haiti, Jordan, Nicaragua, Russia Fed. And Uzbekistan.