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E-1 Visa Lawyers in Orange County

Helping Clients Obtain Treaty Trade Investor Visas

E-1 treaty trade investor visas are reserved for foreign nationals who come from a country who has entered into a treaty trade agreement with the United States. Many countries have signed a treaty trade agreement with the United States.

What Are E-1 Visas For?

E-1 Visas are specifically designed to enhance and facilitate trade between the United States and countries with which it has treaty agreements. The primary purpose of an E-1 Visa is to allow individuals from these treaty countries to enter the U.S. for substantial trade activities, including the exchange of goods, services, technology, and banking. This visa category emphasizes not only the volume and value of the trade but also the continuity and frequency of the transactions, aiming to strengthen economic ties and support mutual benefits between the U.S. and treaty countries.

Who Qualifies for E-1 Visas?

To qualify for an E-1 visa, individuals must meet specific criteria that demonstrate their involvement in substantial trade between the United States and a treaty country. The following types of individuals typically need an E-1 visa:

  • Business Owners: Owners of businesses that engage in significant international trade with the United States. These businesses must have a majority of their international trade with the U.S.
  • Company Executives: Executives or high-level managers of companies that conduct considerable trade activities with the United States.
  • Essential Employees: Employees who possess specialized skills crucial for the efficient operation of a U.S.-based branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of a foreign company that conducts significant trade with the treaty country.
  • Trade Specialists: Individuals who are involved in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods and services between their home country and the United States.
  • Investors and Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs investing in the U.S. markets or those facilitating trade through investment in technology, services, or research and development.
  • Legal Representatives: Lawyers or legal advisors facilitating trade deals, negotiations, or contracts between the U.S. and a treaty country.
  • Technical and Scientific Advisors: Experts or consultants in science or technology fields who play a critical role in the trade of technology or scientific knowledge between the treaty country and the United States.

What Are the Requirements for a Treaty Trade Investor Visa?

Generally, to be eligible under this category, you must show that you are entering the United States to carry on substantial trade with the United States (E-1 visa), or, that you are entering the United States to make a substantial investment in a United States enterprise, and to oversee this investment (E-2 visa).

For an E-1 visa, you must be engaged in international trade between the United States and your home country. This can include trade in both goods and services. There is no monetary amount required for an E-1 visa, however, it must be proven that the trade is "substantial" and that the amount of trade ensures a continuous flow of international trade between the U.S. and the treaty country.

E-1 visas require an intention to depart the United States once your work has finished. Applicants must prove that they intend to depart the United States.

How Long Will the E Visa Be Valid For?

An E visa is valid for two years and is renewable so long as the enterprise is still functioning and the applicant is engaged in overseeing the business or trade.

How Can Our E-1 Visa Attorney Help?

Navigating the complex landscape of immigration law requires expertise and diligent attention to the latest legal developments. E-1 Visa attorneys play a crucial role for treaty traders by ensuring their application process is as smooth and efficient as possible. With profound knowledge of immigration law and a deep understanding of the intricacies of E-1 visas, these attorneys guide clients through every step, providing invaluable assistance from assessing eligibility to the final submission of applications. They are adept at handling the nuances that make each case unique, offering personalized solutions to meet the specific needs of their clients.

The services provided by E-1 Visa attorneys to treaty traders include:

  • Assessment of Eligibility: Determining whether the client and their business activities qualify for an E-1 visa.
  • Document Preparation: Assisting in the collection and preparation of all necessary documentation, including proof of substantial trade and the trader's nationality.
  • Application Assistance: Guiding clients through the E-1 visa application process, ensuring accuracy and completeness of the application to avoid delays.
  • Legal Representation: Representing clients in all interactions with immigration authorities.
  • Renewal Guidance: Advising on the requirements and timelines for E-1 visa renewals to ensure continuous compliance and help you stay in the U.S.
  • Consultation on Trade Compliance: Providing ongoing advice on maintaining eligibility for the E-1 visa by ensuring trade activities remain substantial and compliant with relevant treaties and U.S. laws.
  • Family Visa Assistance: Helping with the process of obtaining visas for qualifying family members of the E-1 treaty trader.
  • Adjustment of Status: Assisting clients who wish to change their status or apply for permanent residency in the U.S., when eligible.

These comprehensive services are designed to cover all aspects of obtaining and maintaining an E-1 visa, allowing treaty traders to focus on their businesses while ensuring legal compliance.

Applying for An Investor Visa? Call Yekrangi & Associates.

You may enter the United States as an E-1 or E-2 treaty trade investor, or, if you are currently in the United States and in valid status, you may change your status to E-1 or E-2. The process of obtaining a treaty trade investor visa is highly complex, requiring the assistance of an experienced immigration investment attorney to guide you through this process. Further, some applicants require the assistance of third-parties to write business plans, obtain tax advice or other business advice.

To schedule an initial consultation today -- contact us at (949) 478-4963. We offer services in Farsi, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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