Basic information about E-1 and E-2 visas is available at the State Department Website.
Scheduling an E-Visa Appointment
E1/E2 (Treaty Investor/Treaty Trader) visa applications are processed at the U.S. Consulates General in Vancouver and Toronto. Appointment availability is prioritized for Canadian Citizens and Canadian Permanent Residents/Landed Immigrants who are citizens of treaty-trader countries. Citizens of the UK, even those who are Canadian Permanent Residents/Landed Immigrants, must apply in the UK because of the specific language of the treaty that governs this type of visa. Limited appointments are available for applicants who are not Canadian citizens or residents; such applicants must choose the "Non-Canada Resident" category when scheduling an appointment.
The consulates use an online appointment service for all visa applicants. First-time applicants are required to submit a documentation package at the time of making the online visa appointment; please carefully review the relevant links with checklists below for a detailed listing of required documentation. As soon as you have gathered all documentation pertaining to your E-visa application, you may schedule an appointment online at the U.S. Visa Service website. Before an appointment can be scheduled, you must pay the required visa fees for the principal applicant and any eligible family members. Please be aware that visa fees are non-refundable.
Once an appointment has been scheduled, please print the appointment confirmation page and bring it to the appointment.
U.S. Consulates in Canada process E-visa applicants in two separate queues based on the time needed to review the required documentation. New E-visa cases and E-visa renewals require a detailed review of the treaty enterprise prior to the interview. As such, applicants for new cases and renewals will have the opportunity to select an available appointment beginning a minimum of 10 business days from the day they schedule the appointment. This allows sufficient time for the applicant to email the required submission to the Consulate for review before the interview. Only applications in the queue for "New Cases and Renewals" will be considered for company registration or re-registration.
Employees of currently registered E-visa companies and qualifying family members of current E-visa holders generally require less time to review, and may book earlier appointments. A registered company is a business that has previously been issued an E-visa for its principal investor or employee and maintains a valid company registration with either the U.S. Consulate in Toronto or Vancouver. Dependents, a spouse or child under age 21, should only join the shorter queue if they are applying separately from the principal applicant.
Please follow the on-screen prompts carefully when booking an online appointment to ensure you are added to the proper queue. Failure to schedule an appointment in the proper queue may cause delays in processing the E-visa application. If you are unsure which queue to join, please contact the consulate where you plan to appear for the interview by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (for Toronto) or email@example.com (for Vancouver) with specific information about your case, and we will advise.
Submission of Supporting Documentation
New cases and renewals must email the supporting documentation to our office at EVisaCanada@state.gov, as detailed below in the links, immediately after booking the online appointment. The submission should be received at least two weeks prior to the interview date to ensure that the case is interviewed on the date requested by the applicant. The E-visa unit may contact the applicant or his/her legal representative to request additional documents that are necessary to establish qualifications for the E-visa. It is the responsibility of the applicant or his/her legal representative to submit any required documents in a timely fashion.
Please note: please indicate in the subject of your email where you intend to appear for the interview.
Required Supporting Documentation
E-visa applicants are responsible for ensuring that they apply under the proper category and submit the required documentation that pertains to their applications. For a comprehensive list of supporting documentation by application type, please follow the relevant links:
- Supporting documentation for New Cases
- Supporting documentation for Renewals
- Supporting documentation for Employees of Registered Companies
- Supporting documentation for Dependents
If the E-visa is issued, a reciprocity fee may be charged based on the citizenship of each applicant. The fee for Canadian citizens is $40 (U.S.). For a table of reciprocity fees by country, please visit Travel.State.Gov. The reciprocity fee is in addition to the $205 (U.S.) fee paid during the online application process. Please do not submit the reciprocity fee or passports ahead of the interview, as the appropriate reciprocity fee is paid only upon visa issuance.
For more information about E-visas, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.