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Legalixa is an award-winning immigration law firm in Istanbul, Turkey with an exceptional success rate in almost every legal matter we have ever handled. Our US immigration lawyers are prepared to file E-1 Treaty Trader visa. You can track the status of an immigration application, petition, or request at USCIS website.
Our immigration lawyers represent our clients from application until they get E-1 Treaty Trader visa. An English-speaking attorney will help you during this process. We have affiliated law firms in the USA and we will be able to support you while you are in the USA.
E-1 Treaty Trader Visa
The E-1 Treaty Trader visa is granted to individuals who are nationals of a country that has entered into a treaty agreement with the USA and which conducts “substantial” commercial trade between the two countries.
To be eligible for the E-1 treaty trader visa, the trade relationship and activities must already be established between the USA and the foreign country. Therefore, a prospective E-1 applicant will not be deemed qualified for an E-1 treaty trader visa for the purposes of finding and establishing a trade partner/relationship.
In order to be eligible to apply for an E-1 treaty trader visa, the following conditions must be present:
- The prospective E-1 applicant must be a citizen of a country that has entered into a treaty of commerce and navigation. Department of State’s website keeps a full list of eligible countries.
- The E-1 applicant’s prospective U.S. employer must be at least 50% owned by nationals of the same country.
- The trade which is being conducted on an international level must be “substantial”, such that there is a significant and continuing volume of trade. Additionally, at least 50% of the international trade must be primarily between the U.S. and the E-1 applicant’s country.
- The E-1 applicant must be coming to the USA to perform executive/supervisory or specialized knowledge duties. Therefore, individuals performing unskilled duties will not be eligible for an E-1 treaty trader visa.
- The conditions of “trade” must be met: There must be an actual exchange of commodities such as goods, money, services or technology, and the title of the trade item must pass from one treaty party to the other. Please note that all trade activities conducted between the two countries must be identifiable and traceable.
E-1 Treaty Trader visas require substantial amounts of documentation in addition to a comprehensively prepared Business Plan.
E-1 treaty trader visa can be obtained for both company owners/partners, as well as for prospective managerial/specialized skills employees of the USA company. There is no requirement for prior experience at a foreign company.
The E-1 treaty trader visa can be extended indefinitely as long as the individual maintains the same capacity in the business and the business maintains its trade activities.
If the individual will be applying for the E-1 visa at a USA Consulate abroad, the visa may be issued for up to five years depending on visa reciprocity rules. Please note that if the individual is applying for the E-1 visa in the USA as a change or extension of status through USCIS, the E-1 status will be granted for a 2-year period.
Additionally, the E-1 treaty trader visa holder will be issued a 2-year period of stay on their I-94 each time they enter the USA with their E-1 treaty trader visa. Spouses of E-1 visas are authorized to work in the USA.
Legalixa Immigration Law Firm provides assistance and advice regarding E-1 treaty trader visa, including preparing and submitting E-1 applications at the USA Consulate abroad or as a Change of Status (COS) or Extension of Status (EOS) application within the U.S. both for company owners/partners and or managerial/specialized skill employees.
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