The E1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa allowing foreign treaty nationals along with their spouse and unmarried child under 21 years old to enter the U.S. for the purpose of trading goods from his/her country of citizenship with the United States from the American soil.
Alternatively, the treaty trader can be an overseas company, also a national of a treaty country, via which a foreign national can come as an essential employee to work for its U.S. subsidiary, affiliate or parent company.
To be eligible for an E1 visa as a Treaty Trader, the applicant must:
The individual investor must have citizenship to that country and need not necessarily reside in that country (the requirement varies depending on which U.S. Consulate the E1 visa is applied for). The nationality of the U.S. business will be determined by the nationality of its owners, individuals or entities, who must hold at least 50% or more of the company shares or interest. Check out the list of the E-1 treaty countries.
The proportion required to qualify for the “principal trade” requirement is 51%, meaning that the trade between the U.S. and the Treaty country of the E1 visa holder must represent at least 51% of the total trade carried out by the business.
The United States Immigration Services define Trade as “the existing international exchange of items of trade for consideration between the United States and the treaty country. Items of trade include but are not limited to:
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