There are three types of E1/E2 visas for treaty investors and traders. Treaty Traders must have the intention to make substantial trade with the United States. Treaty Investors must have a business license. Treaty Traders must be employed in a supervisory or executive position in the United States. Those employed in a less specialized capacity cannot apply for an E1 visa. E2 visa holders must be able to show that they have a substantial trade with the United States.
Treaty Traders and investors who have a substantial amount of international trade may apply for an “E1” visa. The volume of trade must be high enough to provide substantial employment in the United States and be the majority of the trader’s international activity. Treaty Investors may also apply for a treaty investor visa if they make a substantial investment in a business in the United States. The investment must provide substantial employment in the United States, and the investment must be in an active U.S. business.
To qualify for an E-1 visa, a foreign national must engage in substantial trade. Substantial trade involves a steady stream of trade items that are exchanged between the United States and a qualifying E-1 treaty country. Over 50% of the trade between the U.S. and the Treaty Trader’s country must be substantial. The applicant must also be able to prove that they have a substantial amount of trade activity, which includes many transactions over time.
The E-1 visa is designed to help international businesspeople from qualifying countries develop and manage trade between the United States and a treaty country. To qualify for an E-1 visa, an applicant must be a citizen of a treaty country or be an employee of a treaty country. In addition, he or she must be involved in a business in a supervisory or executive role.
To qualify for an E-2 visa, a foreign national must make a substantial investment in a business in the U.S. The business must be active, profitable, and owned by a national of the treaty country. Those who qualify for an E-2 visa must be able to depart the country when their E-2 status expires. A treaty Trader visa may require an investor to invest at least $100k in a treaty country, and a U.S. business must employ a number of U.S. workers to keep the business operating.
For an E-2 visa, investors must also apply for registration and subsequent employee visas. Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors must have a US trade or investment in the U.S. To obtain an E-1 visa, applicants must have managerial and executive pedigree, and they must have a letter of support from the principal of the investment company to prove this.
A treaty Trader or Treaty Investor must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. The amount of capital needed to qualify for E-1 status is generally less than $100,000. Treaty investors must prove ownership at least 50% and control over operations. This is a very strict requirement, as investors may have no other way to obtain a treaty visa. They can work in the United States, but must be employed by a qualifying company.