E Visa Checklist
INFORMATION ABOUT U.S. OPERATIONS
- Copies of passports of majority shareholders from treaty country
- Articles of Incorporation and certificate from state
- Stock certificates
- Certificate of officers
- Business license
- Certificate of qualification of foreign business
- Partnership agreement or joint venture agreement
- Receipts for equipment, supplies
- Bank account statements showing capitalization
- Loan agreements, evidence of gifts or grants to investor or business
- Copies of advertisements, press releases, etc., about new office
- Trade references
- Licenses, if required for type of business or profession
- Copies of telephone bills regarding international calls to treaty country
- Sample contracts with customers/clients; invoices regarding transactions
- Letters of credit
- Business plan detailing: projected revenues, costs, staffing, sources of funding. Key document!
- Letters from chambers of commerce, trade commissioners, home office regarding amount of initial investment as “substantial” and reasonable for start up of this type of business
- Lease or deed to office/facility space
- Trade or professional association memberships
- Awards, certificates
- PR releases
- Marketing brochures/firm résumé
- Photos of facilities, products, etc.
- Organizational chart regarding employees; projected organization
- Customer/supplier list
- Relevant patents, trademarks, copyrights, if any
- Statistics regarding volume and amount of trade between U.S. and treaty country (past performance and projected)
- Federal and/or state tax returns for last 2 to 3 years, if available, or audited financial statements
INFORMATION ABOUT RELATED OPERATIONS ABROAD (If Applicable)
[Same as above]
- Recent annual report and/or tax return
INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSED POSITION (If qualifying as employee and not principal investor)
- Job description (Highlight managerial or executive functions or special or unique duties or those functions that are required to “direct and develop” the investment.)
- Minimum requirements to perform the job
- If qualifying as specialized knowledge employee, why could an American not do this position?
INFORMATION to demonstrate that the ALIEN is qualified to undertake the position or investment
- Copies of diplomas, degrees, and relevant transcripts
- Verification of relevant employment in the United States and abroad: Exact dates of hire; job title, job duties, location within organization, number, type of employees supervised. Optional: information about employer, recommendation about alien’s performance.
- Membership in trade or professional societies
- Articles written about or by alien
- Awards or commendations received
- Number and type of employees supervised before and in future
All documents in a foreign language must be translated verbatim. The translator must certify that the translator is competent to translate into English. Notarized translations are preferred.
Original documents are preferred, but copies are typically submitted with the application. Originals should be available if required. Attorneys may certify copies of originals.