By Kieran O'Sullivan
The E visa
The E Visa category remains a good option for those who are coming to the U.S. to do business.
One of the requirements to be met before applying for the E-1 is that your country has an established treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation with the U.S.
An applicant for an E-1 visa must be coming to the U.S. to carry on trade principally (more than 51% of the company’s total volume of trade) between the US and the foreign country of which you are a national.
There is a visa available known as the E-2 Treaty Investor visa. Readers should not confuse this visa with the other investor visa, which is also known as the “employment creation” visa. The “Treaty Investor” visa is a non-immigrant visa and does not give you legal permanent resident or green card status. The investment must be in a commercial enterprise; therefore non-profit institutions are not considered commercial enterprises and will not result in E eligibility.
The treaty investor visa is available to persons coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business in which they have invested, or are in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. As with the treaty trader category, spouses and children may accompany the principal alien to the US. The company may also obtain visas for employees with essential skills or who are executives or managers. People would need to consult an immigration attorney on E visa eligibility.
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