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What is considered Trade for an E-1 visa? Does Trade for an E-1 visa have to be international? What is Domestic Trade for an E-1 Visa.

By March 30, 2020May 14th, 2021E-1 Visa, Immigration

An E-1 visa is a visa that is available to applicants or companies that conduct a significant amount of trade with the U.S.  In order to qualify, you must be a Treaty Country, and at least 50% of your international trade must be with the U.S.   The question comes up of what does international trade mean for an E-1 visa?

Let us say that a company in Spain manufactures glass and exports it to other countries and within Spain.  Let us say that the breakdown of sales is as follows:

  • Sales within Spain $100,000
  • Sales to the U.S. $500,000
  • Sales to China $500,000

In this example, the total sales for the company is $1,100,000.  In this example, the company would qualify for an E-1 visa as at least 50% of the international trade is with the U.S.  When calculating the international trade, you should not include the $100,000 of domestic trade.  If the $100,000 is excluded, the company meets the 50% rule.  You should also review the other E-1 visa requirements to make sure that the company or individual can qualify.

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