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What are E-1 treaty countries? Is my country an E-1 treaty country? What is visa validity period? What is reciprocity period? What is authorized period of stay?

By March 23, 2020May 14th, 2021E-1 Visa, Immigration

E-1 visa is a great visa for treaty traders who engage in international trade between the U.S. and their home country.

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What is visa validity period?

The amount of time on E-1 visa can be granted for varies by country and depends on the agreement (the legal term is reciprocity) between your country and the United States. For example Jordan has reciprocity periods of as little as 3 months while other countries allow applicants to get an E-1 visa for up to 5 years. Even in cases where the country reciprocity allows the applicant to apply for 5 years, the actual amount of time granted to the applicant is also based on the discretion of the consular officer adjudicating the application. A consular officer may issue less than the maximum period if they would like to monitor the progress of the business and see if the business is on track after a year or two.

What is reciprocity period?

The Reciprocity Period is the maximum amount of time a non-immigrant visa can be issued for. We have included a Reciprocity Table below for the designated E-1 treaty countries. While E-1 visas may be issued for a maximum period of 5 years for most countries, for some countries, it is a very short period (e.g. 3 months for Jordan).

What is period of stay?

Upon entry on an E-1 visa, you are allowed a maximum stay of two years regardless of how long the visa is valid for. E-1 treaty traders with multiple entry E-1 visas in their passports can leave the U.S. and reenter until the expiration date of their visa and each time they reenter, they are given 2 years in E-1 status.

List of E-1 Treaty countries

E-1 Country How long can the E-1 visa be issued for Number of entries to the U.S.
Argentina 60 months multiple
Australia 48 months multiple
Austria 60 months multiple
Belgium 60 months multiple
Bolivia 60 months multiple
Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 months multiple
Brunei 41 months multiple
Canada 60 months multiple
Chile 12 months multiple
China (Taiwan) 60 months multiple
Colombia 60 months multiple
Costa Rica 60 months multiple
Croatia 60 months multiple
Denmark 18 months multiple
Estonia 60 months multiple
Ethiopia 6 months multiple
Finland 24 months multiple
France 25 months multiple
Germany 60 months multiple
Greece 60 months multiple
Honduras 60 months multiple
Ireland 60 months multiple
Israel 52 months multiple
Italy 60 months multiple
Japan 60 months multiple
Jordan 3 months one
Korea (South) 60 months multiple
Kosovo 12 months multiple
Latvia 34 months multiple
Liberia 12 months multiple
Luxembourg 60 months multiple
Macedonia 60 months multiple
Mexico 12 months multiple
Montenegro 12 months multiple
Netherlands 36 months multiple
New Zealand 60 months multiple
Norway 36 months multiple
Oman 6 months multiple
Pakistan 60 months multiple
Paraguay 60 months multiple
Philippines 60 months multiple
Poland 12 months multiple
Serbia 12 months multiple
Singapore 24 months multiple
Slovenia 60 months multiple
Spain 60 months multiple
Suriname 60 months multiple
Sweden 24 months multiple
Switzerland 48 months multiple
Thailand 6 months multiple
Togo 36 months multiple
Turkey 60 months multiple
United Kingdom 60 months multiple

Please see our blog post discussing whether you need a business plan for an E-1visa when you click here.

Please see our blog post discussing whether your business has to continue in your home country once you get an E-1 visa when you click here.

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