Business immigration for business conducting trade with treaty countries and hiring overseas.


  • Treaty traders and employees are those who carry on principal and substantial trade in goods.
  • Items of “trade” include goods, services, international banking, insurance, transportation, tourism, technology and its transfer, and some newsgathering activities.


  • Average processing time: if filed with the USCIS- approximately 4-6 months; 2 weeks if filed with Premium Processing and if there is no Request for Evidence; if filed with a U.S. consulate – depends on processing times at a particular consulate (it may take several weeks to prepare all the paperwork for filing).
  • Qualified treaty traders and employees may stay initially for two years. Two-year extensions may be granted. There is no maximum limit.

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