P.O. Box 10748 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

E-1

REVIEW:

Long term temporary visa available to nationals of 80+ treaty countries to work as executive, supervisor or employee with essential skills for U.S. business conducting substantial trade with treaty country. Visa granted for up to 5 years at a time and renewable indefinitely so long as visa requirements continue to be met.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Visa applicant is a citizen of a treaty nation – see list of 80+ countries below
2. U.S. business must be 50% or more owned by treaty nationals
3. Substantial existing trade with treaty country
a. Must be an existing exchange of money, goods, or services between the U.S. and treaty country
i. Binding contracts may constitute existing trade
b. More than 50% of U.S. business’ trade must be between the U.S. and treaty country
c. Substantiality of trade is determined by the volume and size of transactions
4. Employees eligible for E-1 visas
a. Executive and supervisory employees
b. Employees with essential skills
c. Visa may only be granted for 1 or 2 years if the essential skills are readily transferable to a U.S. worker
5. Visa application submitted to U.S. Embassy or Consulate in treaty country
6. Visa granted for up to 5 years at a time depending on the treaty country
a. May be renewed for further periods so long as visa requirements continue to be met
7. Spouses and children (under 21) may be granted E-1 visas to reside and/or study. Spouses may also apply for work authorization.

 

 

COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR TREATY VISAS

Treaties marked with one asterisk (*) contain only treaty trader provisions and allow only E1 issuance, not E2. Treaties marked with two asterisks (**) contain only treaty investor provisions and allow only E2 issuance, not E1.

ALBANIA**
ARGENTINA
ARMENIA**
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN**
BAHRAIN**
BANGLADESH**
BELGIUM
BOLIVIA
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
BRUNEI*
BULGARIA**
CAMEROON**
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA (Taiwan)
COLOMBIA
CONGO**
COSTA RICA
CROATIA
CZECH REPUBLIC**
DENMARK
ECUADOR**
EGYPT**
ESTONIA
ETHIOPIA
FINLAND
FRANCE
GEORGIA**
GERMANY (FRG)
GREECE*
GRENADA**
HONDURAS
IRAN
IRELAND
ISRAEL*
ITALY
JAMAICA**
JAPAN
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN**
KOREA
KOSOVO
KYRGYZSTAN**
LATVIA
LIBERIA
LITHUANIA**
LUXEMBOURG
MACEDONIA
MEXICO
MOLDOVA**
MONGOLIA**
MONTENEGRO
MOROCCO**
NETHERLANDS
NORWAY
OMAN
PAKISTAN
PANAMA**
PARAGUAY
PHILIPPINES
POLAND**
ROMANIA**
SENEGAL**
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAK REPUBLIC**
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SRI LANKA**
SURINAME
SWITZERLAND
SWEDEN
THAILAND
TOGO
TUNISIA**
TURKEY
UKRAINE**
UNITED KINGDOM
YUGOSLAVIA
ZAIRE**