An E-1 visa is a great visa for treaty traders who engage in international trade between the U.S. and their home treaty country. We often get asked what type of business is good for an E-1 visa. The short answer is that any business that meets the E-1 visa requirements is fine for an E-1 visa.
For an E-1 visa, you will have to show that there is a trade between the treaty country and the U.S., the trade is substantial , and more than 50% of the international trade is with the U.S. The business can either be selling goods or services, as both of these qualify as items of trade. Here are some examples of businesses that would qualify for an E-1 visa:
- Consulting company (e.g. you have a consulting company in Canada that is providing services to U.S. clients),
- Company selling wood (e.g. you have a company in your home country that is selling wood to U.S. clients, or you have a company in the U.S. that is selling wood to clients in your home country),
- Advertising company (e.g. you have an advertising company in the U.S. and the company is providing advertising services to clients in your home country)
- Manufacturing company: (e.g. your company manufactures bicycles and exports them to the U.S.)
- You have an interior design company in your home country that is providing services to your U.S. clients
- Company in your home country imports furniture to the U.S.
Please note that these are only some examples of businesses that would qualify for an E-1 visa. As mentioned above, there is no good or bad business for an E-1 visa, and as long as you are able to meet the E-1 visa requirements, any business could qualify.
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