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E-1 Visa – Treaty Traders

E-1 visa category is limited to persons who enter the United States to conduct substantial trade between the foreign treaty country and the United States. Trade is defined as the "international exchange of items for trade" between the United States and treaty country. Items of trade include but are not limited to the following: goods, services, insurance monies, transportation, data processing, advertising, management consulting, and technology transfer. Goods are defined as "tangible commodities or merchandise having extrinsic value." Services are defined as any economic activity which does not provide tangible goods.

The following are the requirements for issuance of E-1 visa:

  • Trade must be substantial between the U.S. and treaty country.
  • More than 50% of the trade must be between the U.S. and treaty country.
  • In case of a corporation at least 50% of the stock must be owned by nationals of treaty country.
  • Must be coming to the United States to work in a managerial or executive position or provide essential services for the efficient operation of the U.S. business.
  • Must enter the United States temporarily to conduct the substantial trade.

The following countries have an E-1 treaty agreement with the United States:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.



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