The Treaty Trader (E-1) visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows individuals to enter the United States for the purpose of engaging in international trade between the U.S. and their home country. This visa is only available to individuals from countries with which the U.S. has a qualifying treaty. This post will discuss the eligibility requirements and application process for the Treaty Trader visa.
To be eligible for the Treaty Trader visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Treaty country. The applicant must be a national of a country with which the U.S. has a qualifying treaty.
- International trade. The applicant must be coming to the U.S. for the purpose of conducting substantial trade between the U.S. and their home country. The trade must be principally between the U.S. and the treaty country.
- Qualifying trade. The trade must be in goods, services, or technology. It must be substantial and involve a continuous flow of international trade.
- Executive or supervisor role. The applicant must be an executive or supervisor of the company conducting the trade.
The application process for the Treaty Trader visa includes the following steps:
- File Form DS-160. The applicant must file Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
- Schedule Visa interview. The applicant must schedule a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
- Gather required documents. The applicant must gather the required documents, which include:
- A valid passport
- Form DS-160 confirmation page
- Evidence of substantial trade, such as invoices, contracts, and purchase orders
- Proof of executive or supervisory role, such as a job description or organizational chart
- Proof of treaty country nationality, such as a birth certificate or passport
- Attend Visa interview. The applicant must attend the visa interview and provide all necessary documentation.
Wait for Visa Issuance
If the visa is approved, the applicant will receive their passport with the visa stamped inside. They can then travel to the U.S. to engage in international trade.
The Help You Need
If you are an executive or supervisor of a company that engages in substantial international trade between the U.S. and your home country, you may be eligible for the Treaty Trader visa. The application process can be complex, so it’s essential to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure you have the best chance of success. Tourzani & Long, LLC is a full-service immigration law firm that can assist you with all aspects of your Treaty Trader visa application. Contact us at (201) 987-0036 to schedule a consultation.
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