E1 Visa - Treaty Traders

E1 Visa: Treaty Trader

Nationals of qualifying treaty countries who undertake a significant amount of international trade with the United States may qualify for an E1 visa. The volume of trade must be sufficient to justify the trader or his/her employee(s) being in the United States to manage the trade. This volume must constitute the majority of the trader’s international trade (at least 50% of the Trader’s exports/imports must be to/from the USA). While there is no set minimum level of trade that is considered sufficient, from our experience the lower the volume of trade, the less likely an applicant is to qualify as a Treaty Trader.

Every year, the United States holds billions of commercial trading transactions with many countries in the world. Some countries are considered “Strategic Partners” and have treaties with the US in navigation, friendship and exchange of goods and services.

Treaty Countries:

ArgentinaChina (ROC)FranceItalyNetherlandsSweden
AustraliaColombiaGermanyJapanNorwaySwitzerland
AustriaCosta RicaGreeceKoreaOmanThailand
BelgiumDenmarkHondurasLatviaPakistanTogo
BoliviaEstoniaIranLiberiaPhilippinesTurkey
BruneiEthiopiaIrelandLuxembourgSpainU.K.
CanadaFinlandIsraelMexicoSurinameYugoslavia

Nationals of the listed countries can apply for an E1 visa to conduct significant business and trading with their country of origin and the US. The more substantial the trading, the most likely is to get the E1 visa approved.

Who can qualify for the E1 Visa?

Traders must be nationals of the listed countries above and must be able to demonstrate:

  • There will be a substantial number of trade transactions between the US and the treaty country.
  • There will be a substantial dollar value to the trade between the US and the treaty country.
  • The majority of international trade transactions undertaken by the applicant will be between the US and the treaty country.
  • The majority of the dollar value of trade will be between the US and the treaty country.
  • The trader has sufficient business acumen and experience to develop and direct the trade.
  • The trader, and any other E1 staff, are able and willing to leave the US upon termination of their E1 status.
  • The trader has a past history of conducting trade between the US and the treaty country.
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