Treaty Trader or Treaty Investor

The document review period for new E Visa company applications is 6 – 8 weeks from application receipt, due to the current high demand for E visas.  Please do not inquire about the status of a case until the 8 week document review period has expired.  All other E Visa category applications have a minimum document review period of 30 working days from application receipt.  Please do not inquire about the status of a case until the 30-day minimum document review period has expired.  Completion of the document review is not confirmation that the applicant qualifies for the visa.

Introduction

Treaty Trader visas (E-1) and Treaty Investor visas (E-2) are non-immigrant visas for nationals of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation who wish to go to the United States for one of two purposes: to carry out substantial trade, principally between the United States and the treaty country (E-1); or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital (E-2).

The Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor visas were established to facilitate and enhance economic interaction between the United States and other countries.  U.S. immigration law explicitly states that E-1 visa holders must enter “solely to carry on substantial trade” and E-2 holders “solely to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise” in which he or she has invested. Moreover, these visas are non-immigrant visas and thus are temporary. Treaty trader/investor visas can be renewed or extended only if the investment or trade continues to meet all applicable requirements of U.S. immigration laws and regulations. Persons wishing to remain indefinitely in the United States should apply for the appropriate immigrant visa.

Additional information about E visas is available at the Department of State’s website here.