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E-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions

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Must the trading company exist and or the investments be made before the visa is issued?

Trade must already be established at the time the E-1 visa application is filed. Investments, however, may be prospective, provided that the funds are irrevocably committed to the investment, contingent only upon the issuance of the visa. Investment funds may come from any country, including the U.S., as long as they are controlled by the investor applicant.

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What is 'substantial trade'?

Substantial trade is that volume sufficient to ensure continuous flow (numerous transactions over time) of international trade between the U.S. and treaty country. There is no value or volume minimum. However, smaller businesses are expected to yield income sufficient to support the treaty trader and his or her family.

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What is 'principal trade'?

When over 50 per cent of the volume of the treaty trader's international trade is conducted between the U.S. and the country of nationality it is termed as principal trade.

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