Benefits of the E1 Visa
You can travel freely in and out of the U.S. while on a valid E1 visa
You can stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two year extensions as long as you maintain valid E1 status
Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your E1 status. They can also attend school
You can apply at an American Consulate abroad or apply for a change of status if you are in the U.S.
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Requirements for the E1 Visa
To qualify for the E1 visa, you must fulfill the following requirements:
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.
Treaty countries currently include:
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.
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.
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