Interview Documents for Employees of E-1 & E-2 Businesses

Employees of Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) businesses are required to bring the following documents to their visa interview:

  • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
  • Completed Form DS-156E: Each E-1/E-2 employee applicant is required to fully complete all parts of the DS-156E; 
  • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
  • A passport or other travel document:  The passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond the holder’s stay in the United States and contain at least one blank page. The six-month requirement does not apply to United Kingdom passports. For other nationalities, please click here. (PDF – 57 KB).  If your passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application;
  • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: If a photograph has been successfully uploaded to the DS-160, an additional photograph is not required.  If there are any issues with the uploaded photograph, however, a new photograph will be required which may delay visa processing;

For more tips and guidance on how to obtain a photograph which meets the Department of State requirements, please see our instructional SlideShare presentation at

Please note the photograph size for a U.S. visa is not the same as a UK passport photograph. Any photograph which does not meet the Department of State requirements should not be digitally altered.

  • Evidence of the applicant’s status in the United Kingdom, if not a U.K or EU passport holder;
  • Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas: If you are no longer in possession of the passport(s) containing the visas, you may advise the consular officer at the time of your interview;
  • A detailed job description letter which includes a description of the company; their role in the company; their salary, allowances, benefits and other compensation they will receive; their qualifications for that job; and the company’s contact information;
  • Organizational chart reflecting their position in the company with clearly delineating lines of authority;
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A copy of educational certificates, diplomas and/or transcripts;
  • A copy of the approval letter for the registered  treaty company;
  • A signed and dated statement of intent to depart the United States upon termination of nonimmigrant E treaty legal status;
  • A photocopy of the I-797 Notice of Action authorizing the change of status granted by USCIS if residing in the U.S. without a valid E visa;
  • A copy of a name change by deed poll, if name has been changed; and 
  • If they have have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted, a police certificate known as an ACRO.  The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law.  Click here for further information;
  • If they have a medical condition that could have a bearing on their eligibility for a visa, a letter from their physician which discusses their current state of health. Click here for further information;
  • If they have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States documents relating to this. Click here for further information

Iranian Visa Applicants

Applicants born in Iran who served in the Iranian military must furnish the following information when applying for a visa:

  • The branch in which they served;
  • The start date and end date of their military service;
  • Their rank at the time they completed their service;
  • Their duties;
  • Their original military certificate in Farsi with an English translation; and 
  • If they were exempt from serving, they should provide an explanation together with the exemption certificate in Farsi with an English translation.


Some nationalities are required to pay reciprocal issuance fees. While there is no reciprocal fee for U.K. E-1 principal applicants and their dependents, E-2 principals & dependents must pay $105.  The fee is payable to the Embassy cashier on the day of the interview.