Q: What is an E-1 Visa?
A: The E-1 (“Treaty Trader”) visa is a special visa reserved for foreign business owners, business managers and of companies that conduct trade between the U.S. and a foreign country. E-1 visas are available to citizens of other countries that have a treaty of commerce and navigation, or a bilateral investment treaty providing for nonimmigrant entries, with the United States.
Q: How long does it take to get an E-1 visa?
A: The process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months. The applicant or sponsoring employer may, however, request “premium processing”: For a $1,225 premium processing fee, the case can be processed within 15 calendar days.
Q: What are the requirements for an E-1 visa?
A: Applicants must meet three major requirements:
- The applicant must be a national of a treaty country
- The applicant or his or her employer must engage in substantial trade
- The applicant or his or her employer must engage in principal trade between the United States and the treaty country
In this case, trade qualifies as “principal trade” between the U.S. and the treaty country when more than 50 percent of the total volume of international trade is between the U.S. and the trader’s treaty country.
Q: Can I file for an E-1 Visa from outside of the U.S.?
A: Yes. If you live outside the United States, you can obtain an E-1 or E-2 visa through a U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country. After you receive an E visa, you may then apply for admission to the United States in E nonimmigrant status at a U.S. port of entry.
Q: Do I need to hire an attorney?
A: While it is not required, you should hire an attorney, because the visa application process can be very confusing and there is not much margin for error. A mistake could cost you thousands of dollars and months of your valuable time. The experienced immigration attorneys at Zanes Law can help your team obtain what you need to make your U.S. venture a success. Please contact us or call us at 844-666-8181 for a private consultation today.