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E-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the limitations of E-1 visa?

The limitations of E-1 visa are:

  • You are restricted to working only for the specific employer or self-owned business that acted as your E-1 visa sponsor
  • Visas are available only to foreign nationals of countries having trade treaties with the U.S.
  • Authorized stay is granted for two years at a time which makes the application or extension process cumbersome

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How long can I stay in the U.S. on E-1 visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on a prolonged basis with unlimited five year visa extensions or two year status extensions as long as you maintain E-1 qualifications. You may apply for unlimited extensions as long as you are qualified for an E-1 visa.


How do I apply for extension of stay on E-1 visa?

To apply for E-1 extension you must submit Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, along with E supplement, and Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Status, for accompanying relatives. Along with it you must submit:

  • A copy of your Form I-94 Arrival-Departure document
  • A copy of original Form I-797, Notice of Action, if your status was previously approved or extended in the U.S.
  • A copy of your complete passport including the E-1 visa
  • A letter from your employer stating that your extension is required
  • A copy of your personal and U.S. business income tax returns for the past two years, including payroll tax returns
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