E-1 Visas: Traders:
E-1 visas are issued to foreign nationals who wish to enter the United States in order to engage in a “substantialtrade” between their country of origin and the United States. The trade refers to the international exchange of goods, services, money, and technology.
E-2 Visas: Investors:
E-2 visas permit foreign nationals to enter the United States in order to direct and develop a commercial enterprise or business in which they have invested, or are in the process of investing, a substantial amount of money or capital. Foreign nationals wishing to obtain E-2 visas must be a citizen of a country with which the U.S. has a treaty of commerce. Although there is no specific dollar amount required under U.S. immigration laws, the investment must be “substantial” and cannot be marginal. An investor can also buy an existing business or create a new business in the U.S.