The E visa is divided into two separate visas, the E-1 Treaty Trader visa and the E-2 Treaty Investor visa. In both cases, the first requirement is that there be a treaty between the United States and your country of birth or citizenship. For the E-1 visa, you then need to show that you will be working for a trading firm which is at least 50% owed by person who are citizens of the treaty country, and the international trade (at least 50% of which must be with the treaty country) must be substantial, and that you will be working as an essential employee (i.e. supervisory or executive capacity or you must be a person of specialized knowledge). For the E-2 Treaty Investor, you need to show that the company you are investing in (or working for) is at least 50% owned by persons from the treaty country (this can include yourself), that the investment made is substantial and irrevocable, that the company being invested in is a real, operating enterprise, that the company is not just to provide you with an income (that it will make more money other than to support you, and that you have additional funds for your own support), and that you are coming to the US to develop and direct the enterprise (if you are the principal owner) or you will be an essential employee (employed in a supervisory or executive capacity or highly specialized skill capacity). Each case is very different and requires careful planning and consideration for this visa type. Please call us to discuss your individual needs in this regard.