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USA E-1 Visa

E1 and E2 Visas

E visas and US work visas are for people who are entering the U.S. for work in trade or in investment in services or activities. These visas can only be issued to countries where there is a treaty with the overseas national’s country and the USA.

There are two types of E visas:

E1 (trader)
E2 (investor)

Any foreign national with accompanying or following partner and children who wishes to enter the US to present tasks in accordance with the provisions of a treaty of commerce and navigation by the US and the alien's nation.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The alien must be a foreign national, whose country has an suitable treaty with United States, employed here by a business at least 50% owned by his country's nationals, exclusively to carry on trade, of which at least 50% is between the U.S. and his nation.
  2. The alien must have executive or supervisory status, or essential skills.


Nationals of the following countries are eligible for E-1 status:

Argentina    Australia Austria  Belgium
Bolivia Brunei Canada China (Taiwan)
Columbia Costa Rica Denmark Estonia
Ethiopia Finland France Germany
Greece Honduras Iran Ireland
Israel Italy Japan Korea
Latvia Liberia Luxembourg Mexico
Netherlands Norway Oman Pakistan
Paraguay Philippines Spain Suriname
 Sweden Switzerland Thailand Togo
Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Zaire


  • Initial Stay: 1 year.
  • Extension of Stay: 1 year.


  • OF-156E: Nonimmigrant Visa Application, or
  • I-129: Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with E supplement.
  • If represented by an attorney include G-28: Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative


  • Valid passport for at least 6 months.
  • Letter from employer (or investor or trader) describing nature of business, position to be filled by alien, and alien's satisfying eligibility requirements.
  • Documents supporting employer's and alien's claims.

More information about this visa

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