The United States is a major center of international commerce, and thus people from around the world travel to the country to work and conduct business. Many of these people enter the country using an E-1, E-2, and E-3 visa. But what are these visas, and how do you know which you should apply for? Here’s what you should know before traveling with trader and investor visas in Houston, TX, or anywhere else in America.
E-1: Nationals from a treaty country may be admitted to the United States on an E-1 visa solely to engage in trade on their own behalf. “Trade” may apply to the trade of goods, services, and banking. To qualify, the trade must be substantial, although quantity of transactions is emphasized over total value.
E-2: Nationals from a treaty country may be admitted to the United States on an E-2 visa when investing a substantial amount of capital in an American business. For example, an individual may travel with this investor visa to set up a business. An E-2 visa may be extended indefinitely, so long as their business in the country remains viable.
E-3: These visas apply only to Australian nationals coming to the United States to work in a specialty occupation. They must have a legitimate offer of employment before applying, as well as the necessary qualifying credentials in their field.