San Antonio E1 Visa
Import / Export Visa Lawyer
The E1 Visa is also known as the Import & Export Visa. The E1 Visa is for people that import or export products or services between the US and their home country.
To get an E1 Visa, your home country, i.e., your country citizenship must be on the List E1 Countries. Click on the blue button below to see if you qualify:
List of E1 Visa Countries
You must be a citizen of at least one of these countries to qualify for the E1 Visa.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 10
China (Taiwan) 1
United Kingdom 9
1. China (Taiwan) – Pursuant to Section 6 of the Taiwan Relations Act, (TRA) Public Law 96-8, 93 Stat, 14, and Executive Order 12143, 44 F.R. 37191, this agreement which was concluded with the Taiwan authorities prior to January 01, 1979, is administered on a nongovernmental basis by the American Institute in Taiwan, a nonprofit District of Columbia corporation, and constitutes neither recognition of the Taiwan authorities nor the continuation of any official relationship with Taiwan.
2. Denmark – The Treaty which entered into force on July 30, 1961, does not apply to Greenland.
3. France – The Treaty which entered into force on December 21, 1960, applies to the departments of Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Reunion.
4. Japan – The Treaty which entered into force on October 30, 1953, was made applicable to the Bonin Islands on June 26, 1968, and to the Ryukyu Islands on May 15, 1972.
5. Netherlands – The Treaty which entered into force on December 05, 1957, is applicable to Aruba and Netherlands Antilles.
6. Norway – The Treaty which entered into force on September 13, 1932, does not apply to Svalbard (Spitzbergen and certain lesser islands).
7. Spain – The Treaty which entered into force on April 14, 1903, is applicable to all territories.
8. Suriname – The Treaty with the Netherlands which entered into force December 05, 1957, was made applicable to Suriname on February 10, 1963.
9. United Kingdom – The Convention which entered into force on July 03, 1815, applies only to British territory in Europe (the British Isles (except the Republic of Ireland), the Channel Islands and Gibraltar) and to “inhabitants” of such territory. This term, as used in the Convention, means “one who resides actually and permanently in a given place, and has his domicile there.” Also, in order to qualify for treaty trader or treaty investor status under this treaty, the alien must be a national of the United Kingdom. Individuals having the nationality of members of the Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom do not qualify for treaty trader or treaty investor status under this treaty.
10. Yugoslavia – The U.S. view is that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) has dissolved and that the successors that formerly made up the SFRY – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia continue to be bound by the treaty in force with the SFRY and the time of dissolution.
E1 Visa Benefits
The major benefits the E1 Visa offers are:
• Live in the USA
The applicant and their immediate family will be able to legally live in the USA. Your immediate family includes your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21.
• Work in the USA
The applicant will be authorized to come legally work in the USA. The applicant’s spouse will also be eligible to get a work permit. This work permit allows the spouse to apply and legally work for any employer in the USA.
• Public Education
The applicant’s children will have access to schools in the USA and be able to attend classes from Pre-K to high school.
For your children that have already graduated from high school, they will be able to apply and attend universities in the US without a Student Visa.
• Social Security Number
The applicant and spouse will be able to get Social Security Numbers.
• Driver’s License
The applicant and spouse will be eligible to apply for US Driver Licenses.
General Requirements for E1 Visa
The E1 Visa has 3 general requirements:
1. Import and Export
Your business must be involved in international trade between a treaty country (your home country) and the USA.
So, for example, if you have a business in Mexico, you must be either be:
• Importing goods and services from the US.
• Exporting goods and services to the US.
• A combination of exporting and importing to and from the US.
2. The recommended amount of import/export
We recommend that your business import/export a minimum of $100,000 USD worth of goods or services between the treaty country and the US.
3. The country you’re trading from must be a Treaty Country.
There are 68 treaty countries with Canada, China and Mexico being three of the most active traders with the US. Click the blue button above to find out if your country is on the E1 list of countries.
How to Apply for the E1 Visa?
The E1 Visa is a one-step process that requires one application to be submitted to the US Consulate concluding with an interview. The application process for the E1 Visa is:
• E1 Visa Document Checklist
Once you hire our law firm, our immigration attorney will draft and provide you with a tailored checklist of the documents needed to prepare your E1 Visa application.
• E1 Visa Application
Once we have received your documents, we will prepare your E1 Visa application.
• Interview with US Consulate
The final step of the E1 Visa process is the Visa Interview. This interview is done at a US Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Prior to this interview, our immigration attorney will schedule an appointment to help prepare you for the interview.
How long does the E1 Visa last?
The E1 Visa can be issued for up to 5 years. It can be renewed in increments of up to 5 years at a time and it has no limit on the number of times it can be renewed.
For more information Contact Our San Antonio E1 Visa Lawyer
If you would like to set up a consultation with an immigration attorney to discuss the time, costs and other requirements associated with an E1 Visa application, please call (210) 858-9681.