For businesses and individuals engaged in substantial international trade between the US and the treaty trader country. The volume of trade must be sufficient to provide employment for a number of people in the United States and must constitute the majority of the trader's international trade.
The investor needs to be a citizen of a treaty country to be eligible for the 12. For those who have made significant trade with the United States this could be a great option for them to be able to conduct business in the United States.
The international trade between your home country and the U.S. must be ‘substantial’ in the sense that there is a sizable and continuing volume of trade. More than 50 per cent of the international trade involved must be between the U.S. and your home country.
The trade generally needs to exceed $100,000 in order to be considered significant and the majority of international trade must be with the United States. The trade can be in service or goods.
- Personnel including executives, managers and specialists of a treaty nation operating in the U.S. ▪ Nationals of treaty countries seeking to enter the U.S. to carry out substantial trade
- Immediate family members of E1 visa holders
- Companies in treaty countries to send key personnel to manage the U.S. affiliate or branch
- Companies in treaty countries to send personnel to setup a U.S. company
- You can travel freely in and out of the U.S. while on a valid E1 visa
- You can stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two-year extensions as long as you maintain valid E1 status
- Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your E1 status.
- Your spouse may seek employment by applying for an employment authorization document
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