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E-1 Visa Renewals
Treaty Trader (E-1), Treaty Investor (E-2) Visas

E-1 Visa Renewals

Employees who are working for the same company through which they were originally issued the E-1 visa can submit a truncated application, as detailed below.

Applications must be sent as .PDF files, divided into sections clearly separated indicated by lettered or numbered tabs. You must restrict your application to 50 standard sized pages of information (excluding Tabs A-C and G-28), with a minimum type size of 10 point.  If you believe additional documents are required to support your application, you should bring them to the interview. Please note that, as a general rule, children under 14 do not need to come to the Embassy.

Tab A For principal applicant(s) and dependent family member(s): DS-160 confirmation page generated by the online system, with suitable photo.
Tab B For principal applicant(s) and dependent family member(s): Photocopy of data (photo) page of passport (DO NOT SEND ANY PASSPORTS BY MAIL); copies of birth and marriage certificates if the dependents are new applicants rather than renewals.
Tab C For principal applicant(s): Fully completed form DS-156E parts I, II and III. Please fill out the form online. Contact information must include an e-mail address.
Tab D Cover letter describing company, position, and beneficiary. This letter must address all requirements for E visa eligibility as defined by the Foreign Affairs Manual and US law. It should address the following in detail:

  • that the trade is substantial, as defined in  9 FAM 402.9-5(C)(to be documented in Tab F)
  •  that the trade is occurring principally between the United States and the treaty country,  9 FAM 402.9-5(D)  to be documented in Tab G)
  • that the applicant will fill an executive/supervisory role or possesses skills essential to the firm’s operations, 9 FAM 402.9-7 (to be documented in Tab H).

Please include the date and location of the company’s most recent qualification for E status.

Tab E Ownership documentation showing that the company is still at least 50% owned by nationals of the treaty country as per 9 FAM 402.9-4 (B).
Tab F Evidence of substantial trade as defined by 9 FAM 402.9-5 (C) Mandatory: You must include a detailed spreadsheet showing all of the company’s international transactions for a period of at least one year, the value of each transaction, and a list of trading partners. This spreadsheet may be sent in .xls format.
Tab G Evidence that trade is principally between the US and the treaty country as per 9 FAM 402.9-5(D). US Customs invoices and/or purchase receipts may be submitted here.
Tab H For E-1 essential employees and managers: Statement by the Human Resources Director that the employee is currently employed in the position described on the accompanying DS-156E form.  For essential employees, confirmation that such employee’s services are still essential to the enterprise. Also include the applicant’s résumé or CV, certifications and degrees, etc.
Tab I G-28 “Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative” (as appropriate), including contact e-mail address and phone number.