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International trade in the United States is crucial for the economy to grow and to encourage and maintain positive relations with other countries. 

Foreign trade between the US and other countries is made up of international imports and exports. The US is among the top three global importers and exporters in the world.

Who Qualifies or is Eligible for the E-1 Visa in the United States? 

The E-1 Treaty Traders visa is a non-immigrant visa for individuals, families, or businesses involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods and services or merchandise on a temporary basis.

Non-immigrant means a person or persons who are visiting the US temporarily and not permanently moving to the US.

To be eligible for the E-1 visa, applicants must:

Be an executive, manager, or specialist and a citizen of a treaty nation company operating in the US, or you must own 50 percent of the company.

An E-1 visa may also cover immediate family, such as a legal spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21; however, children covered under this visa are not permitted to work. The spouse of the visa holder is permitted to work.

What is the E-1 Visa? 

The E-1 visa allows individuals or employees of companies to enter the US in order to carry out international trade.

What are the Requirements to Obtain the E-1 Visa? 

The volume of trade carried out between the United States and the designated treaty country must be at least 50%.

Trade can be in the form of physical movement of goods, transportation, or non-physical services, including banking and insurance, tourism, technology, or journalism.

You must also be prepared to provide evidence that you intend to return to your home country when your visa expires.

E-1 Visa Treaty Countries

Argentina, Australia, Austria,

Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei,

Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia,


Estonia, Ethiopia,

Finland, France,

Germany, Greece,


Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy,

Japan, Jordan,

Korea (South), Kosovo,

Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg,

Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro,

Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,


Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland,

Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland,

Thailand, Togo, Turkey,

United Kingdom and


List Reference

What is the Processing Time for the E-1 Visa? 

Processing times for US visas vary depending on several factors:

  • The office or service center responsible for processing the file
  • The type of non-immigrant visa
  • E-1 visa interview wait times (if applicable)
  • Whether the applicant can qualify for an expedited interview appointment
  • Whether Expedited processing is available
  • Whether Premium Processing is available
  • Providing insufficient or incomplete documents can lead to delays in processing and even denials

Top 10 Reasons for Refusal of the E-1 Application 

While there are many reasons why your E-1 visa application could be refused, we have listed the top ten most common ones here:

  1. Current and or past immigration status and history for the US or abroad, including overstaying and unauthorized employment
  2. Insufficient funds to support themselves during their stay
  3. Incorrect or incomplete petition
  4. Insufficient supporting evidence
  5. Conflicts with travel documentation
  6. Health concerns
  7. Suspicious of malicious intent
  8. Problems with background check
  9. Criminal history/Being convicted of a crime/Suspected or known ties to terrorism
  10. Material Misrepresentation

The E-1 Visa » Other FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How long does an E-1 Visa last? 

An E-1 visa is valid for two years and can be extended if E-1 qualifications are met.

Can an E-1 visa lead to getting a green card?  

The E-1 visa does not automatically lead to qualifying for a green card; however, that may change. Please consult with our immigration professionals.

Why Contact My Visa Source for an Assessment? 

Congratulations on taking your first step toward temporarily working as an international treaty trader in the United States.

The more research you do on the immigration process, the more you will learn about your specific situation and how we can help you navigate the E-1 treaty trader visa application process.

Immigration lawyers at My Visa Source dedicate themselves to your immigration case, providing legal representation tailored to your personal situation.

Our expertise focuses on immigration and visa programs for the United States and Canada, including global immigration.

Partnering with an award-winning immigration team greatly increases the likelihood of achieving your specific immigration or visa goals.

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