The E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor allows nationals of counties which have commercial treaties with U.S. to enter the U.S. for an initial period of stay up to 2 years to engage in trade or investment. Generally, the E Visa may be extended as along E visa treaty trader/investor continues to engage in such trade or investment and affirms that he or she will depart the U.S. when the period of authorized stay, including extension ends.
The E Visa category is well suited for business owners, managers and employees with specialized knowledge who need to be in the U.S. for extended period of time to manage and oversee and work in a business that is engaged in trade with U.S. or constitutes an active and substantial investment in an ongoing business which does more than support the investor by having a job creation effect.
- A treaty between the United State and the country that the foreign national(s) is/are a citizen(s).
- Majority ownership or control of the trading or investing company by the foreign national(s) country of citizenship.
- The foreign national investor/treaty trader citizenship must be held by each employee or principal of the company seeking E investor/treaty trader status under the treaty.