Our client imports salt lamps and other products from his country. We applied for premium processing of the change of his status and his case was approved in 13 days.
In order to obtain E-1 visa or status, the following has to be established: (i) a treaty exists; (ii) the individual or business possesses the nationality of the treaty country; (iii) the activities the foreign national will engage in constitute trade; (iv) the trade is substantial; (v) the trade is principally between the US and the treaty country; and (vi) the foreign national intends to depart the US when the E-1 status terminates.
In this case, our client’s country has a treaty with the US. The import of such product constitute trade. He imports the product only from his country, so the trade is principally between the US and his country and the trade is “substantial”. “Substantial” means an amount of trade sufficient to ensure a continuous flow of international trade between the US and his country. Our client has already shipped three containers of the product to the US, has relationships established and plans to shipped future regular shipments, so we were able to show that the trade is substantial.
Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice. We simplified the law in order to outline the E-1 process. If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for E-1 status, call our experienced E-1 attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced E-1 attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to discuss how we can help you obtain your E-1 visa.