E1 Visa

Learn About E1 Visa Requirements And Eligibility


The E1 visa for Treaty Traders allows nationals from countries that maintain an appropriate treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S., to enter the U.S. to conduct trade between the U.S. and their home country.

VisaPro’s experienced immigration attorneys will prepare and file all the required documents for Treaty Traders applying for the E1 visa.

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E1 Visa Eligibility – It Is Suitable For:

  • Personnel including executives, managers and specialists of a treaty nation company operating in the U.S.
  • Nationals of treaty countries seeking to enter the U.S. to carry out substantial trade
  • Immediate family members of E1 visa holders
  • Companies in treaty countries to send key personnel to manage the U.S. affiliate or branch
  • Companies in treaty countries to send personnel to setup a U.S. company

E1 Visa Benefits

  1. You can travel freely in and out of the U.S. while on a valid E1 visa
  2. You can stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two year extensions as long as you maintain valid E1 status
  3. Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your E1 status. They can also attend school
  4. You can apply at an American Consulate abroad or apply for a change of status if you are in the U.S.
  5. Your spouse may seek employment by applying for an employment authorization document

E1 Visa Requirements

To qualify for the E1 visa, you must fulfill the following requirements:

A. You Must Be A National of A Treaty Country

You must be a national of a country that maintains a treat of navigation and commerce with the U.S. for E1 visa purposes.

E1 visa treaty countries currently include::

Argentina Greece Oman
Australia Herzegovina Pakistan
Austria Honduras Paraguay
Belgium Ireland Philippines
Bolivia Israel Poland
Bosnia Italy Slovenia
Brunei Japan Spain
Canada Jordan Suriname
Chile Korea (South) Sweden
China (Taiwan) Kosovo Switzerland
Colombia Latvia Serbia
Costa Rica Liberia Singapore
Croatia Luxembourg Thailand
Denmark Macedonia Togo
Estonia Mexico Turkey
Ethiopia Montenegro United Kingdom
Finland Netherlands Yugoslavia
France New Zealand
Germany Norway
B. Trading Firm Must Belong To The Treaty Country

The trading firm for which you are coming to the U.S. must have the nationality of the treaty country.

C. The Trade Must Be Substantial

The international trade between your home country and the U.S. must be ‘substantial’ in the sense that there is a sizable and continuing volume of trade. More than 50 per cent of the international trade involved must be between the U.S. and your home country.

Note: Trade means the international exchange of goods, services and technology. The item of trade, and title of that item, must pass from one party to the other in exchange for consideration.

D. You Must Be Employed In Supervisory or Executive Capacity, or Possess Specialized Skills

You must be employed in a supervisory or executive capacity, or possess highly specialized skills essential to the efficient operation of the firm. Ordinary skilled or unskilled workers do not qualify

E1 Visa Notes

  • Spouses of E1 visa holders may accept employment in the U.S. by obtaining an Employment Authorization Document.
  • To change the purpose of your visit while you are in the U.S. on an E1 visa, you must change your visa status.
  • The information provided here is applicable to New E1 Visa and E1 Extension.

E1 Visa Fees (Filing at the USCIS)

Filing Fee – Regular $1,615
Filing Fee – Premium $4,420

E1 Visa Fees (Filing at the U.S. Consulate)

Filing Fee $205

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