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, 2020October 21st, 2020E-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 CountryHow long can the E-1 visa be issued forNumber of entries to the U.S.
Argentina60 monthsmultiple
Australia48 monthsmultiple
Austria60 monthsmultiple
Belgium60 monthsmultiple
Bolivia60 monthsmultiple
Bosnia and Herzegovina12 monthsmultiple
Brunei41 monthsmultiple
Canada60 monthsmultiple
Chile12 monthsmultiple
China (Taiwan)60 monthsmultiple
Colombia60 monthsmultiple
Costa Rica60 monthsmultiple
Croatia60 monthsmultiple
Denmark18 monthsmultiple
Estonia60 monthsmultiple
Ethiopia6 monthsmultiple
Finland24 monthsmultiple
France25 monthsmultiple
Germany60 monthsmultiple
Greece60 monthsmultiple
Honduras60 monthsmultiple
Ireland60 monthsmultiple
Israel52 monthsmultiple
Italy60 monthsmultiple
Japan60 monthsmultiple
Jordan3 monthsone
Korea (South)60 monthsmultiple
Kosovo12 monthsmultiple
Latvia34 monthsmultiple
Liberia12 monthsmultiple
Luxembourg60 monthsmultiple
Macedonia60 monthsmultiple
Mexico12 monthsmultiple
Montenegro12 monthsmultiple
Netherlands36 monthsmultiple
New Zealand60 monthsmultiple
Norway36 monthsmultiple
Oman6 monthsmultiple
Pakistan60 monthsmultiple
Paraguay60 monthsmultiple
Philippines60 monthsmultiple
Poland12 monthsmultiple
Serbia12 monthsmultiple
Singapore24 monthsmultiple
Slovenia60 monthsmultiple
Spain60 monthsmultiple
Suriname60 monthsmultiple
Sweden24 monthsmultiple
Switzerland48 monthsmultiple
Thailand6 monthsmultiple
Togo36 monthsmultiple
Turkey60 monthsmultiple
United Kingdom60 monthsmultiple

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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