Non Immigration Visa
What is an E-1/E-2 visa?
The E-1/E-2 trader/investor nonimmigrant visas
are specifically reserved for nationals of any
countries which have concluded a treaty of commerce
and navigation with the United States.
Who qualifies for an E-1/E-2 visa?
Foreign nationals from treaty countries who
· Intend to go to the U.S. to carry on
substantial trade, principally between the US
and his/her own country, are eligible for a treaty
trader visa (E-1).
· Will develop and direct his or her investment
in the U.S., or is actively in the process of
investing, a substantial amount of capital may
apply for a treaty investor visa (E-2).
Treaty Countries for E-1 Argentina, Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Brunei, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia,
Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iran,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia,
Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands,
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines,
Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname,
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United
Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
Treaty Countries for E-2 Albania, Argentina, Armenia,
Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia,
Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia,
Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada,
Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova,
Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman,
Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland,
Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic,
Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname,
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad
& Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United
Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
What is E-1/E-2 employee visa?
An alien employee of a treaty trader may be classified
E-1 and alien employee of a treaty investor may
be classified E-2, if the employee is in or is
coming to the United States to engage in duties
of an executive or supervisory character, or,
if employed in a lesser capacity, the employee
has special qualifications that make the services
to be rendered essential to the efficient operation
of the enterprise. Employees of treaty trader
or treaty investors seeking E status must also
have the same nationality as their employer.
What visas are available to the spouse
and children of E-1/E-2 nonimmigrant?
The spouse and dependent children (unmarried
and under 21) of an E-1 or E-2 nonimmigrant are
entitled to the same classification as the principal
alien. The nationality of a spouse and child is
not material to their eligibility.
Can spouses of E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant
Yes. A spouse of an E-1 or E-2 nonimmigrant can
work with an employment authorization document.
What is the petition process?
If the applicant is in the United States, he/she
may submit E-1/E-2 application to USCIS Center
Service. If he/she is outside the U.S., an application
may be submitted directly to U.S. embassy or consulate
in the applicant’s residing country.
What are the advantages of E visa?
The E nonimmigrant category offers numerous advantages
over other nonimmigrant options including:
a. long visa validity period (usually 5 years);
b. no limit on the number of renewals;
c. the ability to engage in self-employment;
d. no requirement that an employee have a previous
employment history with the employing organization;
e. spousal employment authorization;
f. no annual quotas; and
g. no excessive filing fees.
How to prepare for the E-1/E-2 visa application?
Due to the complexity of E visa application,
we strongly encourage you to involve us in the
entire investment and visa application procedures,
including the establishment of your Eenterprise
in the U.S. A well-thought investment plan and
legal structure of the U.S. enterprise may ensure
the success of your E visa application.