The E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visas are available to nationals of certain countries that have trader and/or investor treaties with the United States.
To qualify for an E-1 visa, the applicant must be coming to the US to work for a business, at least 50% of which is owned by citizens of applicant's treaty country. The company may be owned by applicant or by others. E-1 visas may only be issued to the principal owners or key employees of the qualifying business. More than 50% of the company's trade must be between the US and the treaty national's country. "Trade" refers not only to tangible goods but also to technology, services, banking, law, insurance, international transportation. The amount of trade must be substantial, and is judged by dollar amount, volume and frequency.
To qualify for an E-2 visa, the applicant must be a national of a country that has an investor treaty with the US and you must be coming to the US to work for a US business supported by a substantial cash investment from nationals of applicant's home country. The investment must be spent on the business itself and should be large enough to establish and operate an enterprise of the type in which the company is investing. The business can be owned by applicant or applicant can be an essential employee of a business which is at least 50% owned by nationals of applicant's country. The US business must be actively engaged in trade or the rendering of services.
E visas are issued initially for two years and can be extended almost without limit.
The spouse of an E-1/E-2 visa holder may obtain work authorization.
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