Based on your responses, you should apply for a E1, E2 or E3 visa.
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.
Treaty Trader (E-1), Treaty Investor (E-2), and Australian in Specialty Occupation (E-3) visas are for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation. For a list of participating countries, select Treaty Countries .
You must be coming to the United States to:
For more information on business investment in the United States, see the U.S. Department of Commerce website SelectUSA .
Treaty Trader (E1) Qualifications:
Treaty Investor (E2) Qualifications
Australian in Specialty Occupation (E3) Qualifications
You must demonstrate that the prospective employment meets the standard of being a “specialty occupation employment”;
In determining whether an occupation qualifies as a “specialty occupation,” follow the definition contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 214 (i)(1) for H-1B nonimmigrants and applicable standards and criteria determined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Please see the USCIS page on H1B visas for more information.
You must demonstrate that the necessary academic qualifications for the job have been met.
For more details on an E Visa, visit Travel.State.gov.
Australian in Specialty Occupation (E-3) visa applicants will need the following documents:
Be sure to view local information below to determine fees and payment process and additional requirements.
Complete the Online Visa Application
You should have the following documents available while you complete your DS-160
Some applicants will need to have additional information and documents handy while completing the DS-160
After you complete your DS-160, gather the required documentation
Additional Documentation May Be Required:
Treaty Trader (E-1) or Treaty Investor (E-2) visa applicants must establish that the trading enterprise or investment enterprise meets the requirements of the law and complies with the many requirements for the E visa category. The consular officer may provide you with special forms to complete for this purpose. You should expect that the consular officer will request additional documentation to determine your eligibility for a treaty trader or treaty investor visa. It is impossible to specify the exact documentation required since circumstances vary greatly by applicant. For detailed requirements for this category, review 9 Foreign Affairs Manual 402.9 Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor.
Each Applicant must pay a non-refundable processing (MRV) fee of US$205.00.
For some nationalities and visa types, an additional issuance fee may be required. Detailed information is available on your country of nationality’s Reciprocity Table on travel.state.gov. These additional fees will be paid at the time of your interview.
Schedule an interview online (using the barcode of your Form DS-160) and print the appointment confirmation. Because of space limitations in our public waiting area, only the person with an appointment for an interview will be admitted. Exceptions: Parents or guardians of a minor child who has an appointment, a caregiver for a disabled person, and young children accompanying the person with an appointment will be allowed to enter the waiting area.
Applicants aged 14 – 79 are required (some exceptions for renewals) to book one interview slot each and appear in person for an interview with a consular officer. While an interview is generally not required for children aged 13 and younger or for adults aged 80 and older, please keep in mind that a consular officer can require any applicant to appear for an interview. When submitting an application for a non-present child, the person present at the interview should bring the child’s birth certificate or family book as a supporting document.
Please read the information in this section carefully. It contains location-specific information that you will need to know when applying for your Visa.
Select the country or area where you will apply for your visa:
You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.
Some visa applications may require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.