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What family members can come to the U.S. on an E-1 visa?

By December 28, 2021E-1 Visa, Immigration
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E-1 visa is a great visa for treaty traders who engage in international trade between the U.S. and their home treaty country. Your spouse and child under the age of 21 can apply for an E-1 dependent visa and you may be able to bring other members of your family. This blog post will summarize your options.

What family members can come with me to the U.S. on an E-1 visa?

Only your spouse and unmarried child under the age of 21 can come to the U.S. on an E-1 visa. Both your spouse and child can study in the U.S., but only your spouse can work in the U.S. (after he/she gets the work authorization approved).

Can my extended family members get an E-1 visa?

Unfortunately, no. Only your spouse and child can get an E-1 dependent visa, but some other extended members of your family could potentially get a B-2 visa and accompany you to the U.S.  For this classification, you would have to show that the other family member is a member of your household and most commonly in this context it would be your cohabitating partner or elderly parent.

Can I bring my family members to the U.S. as E-1 employees?

Yes, this is possible, but they should independently qualify for an E-1 employee visa. This means that they will still need to demonstrate that they meet all the E-1 employee visa requirements and the officer may scrutinize the E-1 employee application more if he finds out that the E-1 employee is your family member.

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