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What is an E-1 Visa?

An E-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for foreign nationals who wish to enter the United States to engage in trade between their home country and the U.S.


To qualify for an E-1 visa, an applicant must be a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S.

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Who is Eligible for an E-1 Visa?

To be eligible for an E-1 visa, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of a treaty country.

  • Trade: The applicant must engage in substantial trade, either as an individual or as an employee of a qualifying organization, between the treaty country and the U.S.

  • Position: you must be employed in a supervisory or executive capacity in your company or firm.

  • Proportionality: The trade between the treaty country and the U.S. must be substantial and principally between the U.S. and the treaty country.

The immidiate family (spouse and children under the age of 21) of an E-1 visa holder will also be granted entry into the U.S.

What is the Application Process for obtaining an E-1 Visa?

If the applicant is outside of the U.S., he or she must apply for an E-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in the treaty country. There are multiple forms and a plethora of documents that must be provided. The applicant must also attend an interview with a consular officer.


If the E-1 visa is approved, the applicant can enter the U.S. for the purpose of engaging in substantial trade between the treaty country and the U.S.


The E-1 visa is a fantastic way to be granted permanent residence in the United States. It is a lengthy and arduous bureaucratic process, and it is essential to have an experienced immigration attorney to help you along the way.


At Amit and Co. Law office, our team has worked on numerous such applications, and we are committed to ensuring your immigration dreams are realized with haste and with ease.

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