E Visas

/ Non-immigrant visas

E visas are a set of non-immigrant visa categories that facilitate international trade and commerce. These visas are available to individuals from countries with which the United States has treaties of commerce and navigation, allowing them to engage in various business-related activities in the United States. There are two primary E visa categories: E-1 and E-2.


E-1 Treaty Trader Visa

  • The E-1 visa is designed for individuals who are involved in substantial trade of goods, services, or technology between the United States and their home country;
  • To qualify for an E-1 visa, applicants must demonstrate that they are employees of a treaty trader company (an employer that conducts substantial trade between the U.S. and the treaty country), and they must be of the same nationality as the treaty trader.

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

  • The E-2 visa is intended for individuals who invest a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business or enterprise. This investment must be at risk, and the applicant must be seeking to develop and direct the enterprise;
  • B-2 visa holders are not authorized to work or engage in gainful employment in the United States. The activities must be temporary and non-business in nature;
  • To qualify for an E-2 visa, applicants must demonstrate a significant investment, typically more than a mere passive investment, in a U.S. business. Additionally, they must be of the same nationality as the treaty investor.

Key points about E visas include:

  • E visas are generally available to individuals from countries that have treaties of commerce and navigation with the United States. The specific requirements and qualifications may vary depending on the treaty between the countries;
  • E visa applicants must invest or engage in trade that is “substantial“ which generally means a significant amount of capital or trade activities;
  • Spouses and dependent children of E visa holders are often eligible for E visas as well;
  • E visas allow for flexibility in terms of the length of stay, as long as the qualifying activities continue. Extensions may be granted;
  • E visa holders are typically allowed to work for the treaty enterprise and their dependents can seek employment as well.
It's important to note that the specific requirements for E visas, such as the definition of “substantial trade“ or “substantial investment“, can vary based on individual treaties.

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