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E-1 and E-2 Visas for Treaty Trader or Treaty Investors

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In order to strengthen amicable relationships with countries that seek to conduct business operations in the United States, our government created non-immigrant work visas for companies and individuals from certain countries which possess diplomatic treaties and reciprocal trade agreements with our country. The E visa classification was established in the early 1800s as a product of complex diplomatic relations and a prosperous history of cooperation, development, and mutual economic growth between the U.S. and other nations around the world.

At Kanu & Associates, P.C., our Phoenix immigration attorney can provide experienced and qualified guidance during the application process, as well as help you navigate through the potential complexities of visa acquisition. With more than decade of experience, he possesses the comprehensive understanding of U.S. immigration law in order to obtain your E visa.

Eligibility Requirements for E-1 and E-2 Visas

There are two types of E visas: the Treaty Trader (E-1) and the Treaty Investor (E-2) visa. Both visa applicants must meet certain requirements to qualify for each under U.S. immigration law, which is determined by the consular officer.

Eligibility requirements for a Treaty Trader (E-1) visa include:

  • Applicant must be a national of a treaty country.
  • Applicant’s trading firm must have the nationality of a treaty country (50% owned by citizens of the treaty country).
  • International trade must be “substantial” in the sense that there is a considerable and consistent volume of trade over time.
  • International trade must be principally between the U.S. and the treaty country, (50% of the entire amount of trade conducted by the applicant or his/her employer must be between the U.S. and the treaty country).
  • Trade mean the international exchange of items of trade for consideration between the U.S. and the treaty country. These items include, but are not limited to, goods, services, insurance, transportation, international banking, technology, and/or tourism, in which the title of the trade items must pass from one party to the other.
  • Applicant must be an essential employee, employed in a supervisory or executive capacity or possess highly specialized skills important to the efficient operation of the firm.

Eligibility requirements for a Treaty Investor (E-2) visa include:

  • Investor needs to be a national of treaty country
  • Investment must be substantial and sufficient to ensure successful operation of the enterprise. The percentage of investment for a low-cost business enterprise must be higher than the percentage of investment in a high-cost enterprise.
  • Investment must be a legitimate, committed operating enterprise.
  • Investment may not be marginal and must produce substantially more income than just to provide a living to the investor and family, or must have significant economic impact in the U.S.
  • Investor must have control of the funds and investment must be at risk in a commercial sense.
  • Investor must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. However, if the applicant is not the principal investor, he/she must be employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity.

To qualify and secure E visas, the sponsoring organization (individual or corporation) must register initially with the U.S. Embassy abroad. Once the registration is approved, each applicant can apply for the E visa through a standard visa interview processing at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Company registration processing times and procedures and individual visa wait times vary depending on the Embassy, which is why it is imperative to retain legal services from an experienced immigration attorney.

Let Us Accomplish Your International Business Goals Today

In order to obtain these E visas, they require a significant amount of qualifying evidence and legal steps to be taken. Our Phoenix immigration attorney is dedicated to helping establish your business venture in the United States and making sure it thrives by offering legal protections.

Attorney Kanu has represented individuals from at least 20 countries in a variety of immigration matters and has a proven track record of success getting the results they want. Do not hesitate to retain our legal assistance immediately.

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