The E1 Visa allows individuals, or employees of companies, to enter the U.S. for the purpose of carrying out international trade.
The definition of “trade” is not strict. It may apply to the trade of goods, of services, and even banking. There is no set limit to the amount of trade that must take place, although greater emphasis is placed on the number of transactions over total value.
An E1 visa may also cover immediate family (legal spouse and unmarried children under 21). The spouse of the visa holder is permitted to work, but children are not.
The E1 visa grants a stay of up to two years. Provided the conditions are still met, the initial stay may be followed by extensions of up to two years. There is no limit to the number of extensions.
The treaty trader or employee may travel out of the U.S. and will get an automatic 2-year extension upon re-admission.
However, note that the additional readmission extension is not granted to family members automatically, so they should be careful to keep track of their length of stay and be sure to apply for extensions to remain in U.S. lawfully at the appropriate time.
An E-1 trader or employee is only allowed to work in the activity for which they were approved for when the visa was issued. However, if their employer has a parent company it may be possible for them to work for that organization.
It is also possible for employees to come to the United States under an E1 visa for the purposes of trade, provided they meet the following conditions:
People who are considering applying for a B1 visa may also look into:
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