E category is designed for use by business owners, business managers,
and employees who are required to stay in the United States for
prolonged periods of time to oversee or work for an enterprise that
is engaged in trade between the U.S. and a foreign country (E-1)
or that represents a substantial investment in the United States
E category exists to give effect to various treaties between the
United States and foreign states which provide for reciprocal benefits
to nationals of each country who conduct trade between the two countries
or who invest in the other country.
An individual who obtains E-status is granted an initial period
of two years to remain in the United States. However, this period
can be extended almost indefinitely so long as the E status holder
declares that he or she will depart the United States when the period
of authorized stay, including any unlimited extensions, terminates.
A foreign national can apply for an E visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad
or, alternatively, they may apply for E status in the United States
through the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The E nonimmigrant
category is available only if a "treaty of commerce and navigation"
or a "bilateral investment treaty" providing for nonimmigrant entries
is in existence between the U.S. and the foreign country. Additionally,
there are a few additional requirements that must be met before
an individual can qualify for E-status. For more information about
E-status, please click here.
more information on the E-1, E-2 categrary, please click one of
the following links:
are E-1 and E-2?
What are the detailed requirements?
What are the application procedures?
What kind of information is needed for E-1
and E-2 applications?