Procedures for Initial Registration of a Company – or – Renewal of the Registration of a Company with fewer than 25 permanent employees.
If you are an applicant from a treaty country, such as Germany, the enterprise itself possesses treaty country nationality, and the enterprise’s activities constitute trade within the meaning of the Immigration and Nationality Act, you may qualify for an E-1 visa. The trade involved must be substantial and must take place principally between the United States and the treaty country [See See 9 FAM 402.9-5].
If you believe you qualify for an E-1 visa, you must first register and pay the application fee(s) through our visa service provider, CGI Federal. Please follow the instructions and submit your application by mail. After your application has been received and processed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.
Required Format for E-1 Company Registration or Renewal
As of August 1, 2015, the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt will not be accepting E-visa applications exceeding 90 pages (maximum). These pages may not be double-sided or include several miniature pages pasted on one page.
Please adhere to the following format in submitting your application. Applications not complying with the format below may not be accepted by the E-visa unit. For specific examples of documentation that could satisfy many of the elements below, please see 9 FAM 402.9-11.
Cover letter describing company, position and beneficiary. This letter must address all requirements for E-visa eligibility as defined by the Foreign Affairs Manual and U.S. law.
It should address the following in detail:
|Tab 2a||A business plan including a 5-year forecast in a Profit/Loss format (one page), tax returns for the past 2 years (if an existing company), and a one page Year-to-date profit/loss statement.|
Proof of treaty country ownership and controlling interest in the enterprise.
Note: A permanent resident alien does not qualify to bring in employees under INA 101(a)(15)(E). Moreover, shares of a corporation or other business organization owned by permanent resident aliens cannot be considered in determining majority ownership by nationals of the treaty country to qualify the company for bringing in alien employees under INA 101(a)(15)(E).
|Tab 2c||Evidence of substantial trade as defined by 9 FAM 402.9-5(C) and evidence that trade is principally between the U.S. and the treaty country 9 FAM 402.9-5(D), e.g. Summary of Imports and Exports between the treaty country and the U.S and their percentage in relation to company’s Gross International Trade.|
|Tab 3a||Evidence of ongoing trade in the last/current operational period: Monthly summaries, invoices, shipping receipts, custom clearances, warehouse receipts, contracts, sales receipts, etc.|
|Tab 3b||Purchase contract for office/ property or lease agreement.|
|Tab 4||Applicant’s resume and, if an essential employee, evidence that employee has essential skills that the enterprise urgently needs, as well as the projected duration of this essentiality. Please include an organizational chart showing the line-management relationship. You may also wish to explain why the enterprise was unable to find a qualified U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident to fill the position.|
Companies applying for Initial Registration or Renewal of the Registration must simultaneously submit a paper application and an additional PDF copy of the paper version.
Original paper application not exceeding 90 pages please mail to:
U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
Scanned copy of the paper application as PDF file not exceeding 5 MB per e-mail to:
Email subject must specify company, applicant’s name, and Att: E-Visa Unit