Enrolled E-1 cases

Supporting documentation for employees of enrolled E-1 companies

An E-1 company that has been issued a Certificate of Enrollment in the Madrid E-visa Program by the Consular Section after June 20, 2016 will be considered an E-1 company that has a valid enrollment in the Madrid E-visa Program until the Certificate’s expiration date. The process described on this page applies to additional owners/employees of an already enrolled treaty enterprise.

Unless there have been substantive changes to the enterprise that would jeopardize its E-1 enrollment status with the Madrid E-visa Program, subsequent applications can focus on whether and how a given owner/employee qualifies for an E-1 visa as the owner, manager or essential employee of the enrolled company. However, if there have been substantial changes in the company’s ownership structure or operations since the Certificate of Enrollment was issued, the Consular Officer may require additional corporate documents to ensure the treaty enterprise still qualifies.

Required Documentation

Applicants from E-1 companies with a valid Certificate of Enrollment in the Madrid E-visa program are not required to mail their supporting documents prior to their interview. Applicants should bring the following required supporting documentation with them on the day of their interview:

  1. Confirmation of appointment.
  2. Copy of the Certificate of Enrollment in the Madrid E-visa program, issued by the Consular Section after June 20, 2016.
  3. DS-160 confirmation page for all applicants and dependents (Note: All visa applicants, including dependents, must pay a non-refundable application fee of $ 205.)
  4. Updated DS-156 E (PDF 587 KB) signed by an officer legally empowered to act in the company’s name.
  5. One 2×2 passport-style photograph for each applicant, taken on plain white background within the last six months (if your photograph could not be uploaded to your online DS-160).
  6. Specific employee information for E-1 Executive/Managerial/Supervisory/Essential Skills
    • Letter from the E-1 visa enterprise providing specific information on the applicant and the reasons for his/her assignment to the U.S.
    • For Executive/Managerial/Supervisory: The letter should explain the employee’s role in the E-1 visa company (job title and duties), the applicant’s executive or supervisory responsibilities, his/her employment experience, progression of promotion or high level training or special qualifications.
    • For Essential Skills: Applicant’s specialist role, the level of education and knowledge required by the employee’s position, the salary the special qualifications can command, and the reasons why a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident cannot fill the position.
    • Letter from responsible official at U.S. company or office identifying the need for assigned employee.
    • Organizational chart showing current staffing pattern at U.S. company.
    • Evidence of executive, supervisory or specialized knowledge, education, experience, skills or training, such as certificates, diplomas or transcripts.
  7. A signed statement from the owner, CEO, corporate secretary, or executive attesting to the fact that there have been no substantial changes in the ownership structure or operations of the treaty enterprise that would jeopardize its E-1 visa qualifications since the company was registered. If there have been substantive changes to the company, please explain the changes and provide appropriate supporting documentation.
  8. For any dependents of the applicant – proof of legal relationship between the principal applicant and any dependents (spouse or unmarried child under age 21), e.g. original government issued birth and/or marriage certificates, adoption papers, etc. Notarized copies, religious documents, hospital records, and short form birth certificates that do not show parentage do not satisfy this requirement.
  9. Appropriate reciprocity fee, if required, upon visa issuance.