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E1 visa open to those in international trade

People who are foreign nationals and want to work in Indiana or elsewhere in the United States may be able to secure an E1 visa to work in the country. The initial application for an E1 visa may be filed by an individual or by a company seeking to bring an employee on. One major advantage of an E1 visa is that it covers the applicant’s immediate family, including any spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old.

Eligibility for an E1 visa is limited to those engaging in international trade. In order to qualify, the applicant must be a citizen of a country that the U.S. has regular commerce and trade with. He or she must engage in substantial trade between the U.S. and the other country. The applicant must also agree to leave the U.S. when the term of the visa expires. Generally speaking, the more international transactions that take place due to the applicant, the better for the application.

An E1 visa allows the holder to stay in the U.S. for up to two years. After that, the visa will expire, or the visa holder will have to apply for an extension. There is no limit on the number of times an E1 visa might be extended, but extensions do not automatically apply to family members of the visa holder. A person admitted to the country as an E1 trader or employee may only work in the approved activity.

Individuals who are interested in applying for an E1 visa or otherwise securing lawful admission to the United States might want to speak with a lawyer. An Indiana immigration lawyer may be able to help by reviewing the circumstances of the person’s situation and suggesting employment-based immigration options or by drafting the paperwork necessary to secure a visa. An attorney might also represent the client during communications with USCIS or official proceedings.