Treaty Trader and Investor E Visa Processing Gets Procedural Changes, Says U.S. Embassy in Mexico

709637_mexican_flag_2_closeup.jpgThe United States Embassy in Mexico said in a recent press release that starting July 1, 2012, there will be two changes in the way it processes E visa applications. The changes are being made to provide more efficient processing and to ensure through and transparent review of all E visa applications, said the Embassy.

The Treaty Trader (E-1) visa and the Treaty Investor (E-2) visa are non-immigrant visas for nationals of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation to carry on substantial trade, principally between the United States and the treaty country (E-1), or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital (E-2).

The first change is that all E visa adjudications will take place at three posts: the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, and the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana.

The second change is that all submissions of supporting documentation must be organized and presented in the standardized format as set forth on the U.S. Embassy website at this link (

Appointment scheduling and fee payment will continue to be done via its online services and call center. Applicants may continue to use any of the 14 Applicant Service Centers (ASC) throughout Mexico to provide the required biometrics, which consists of fingerprinting and digital photographs. Interviews will then be scheduled by the ASC in one of the three processing posts: Mexico City, Monterrey or Tijuana, based upon the preference and availability of the applicant. The Applicant may submit the supporting documents in person at the ASC locations in Mexico City, Monterrey or Tijuana, or the documents may be mailed directly to the visa section that will conduct the interview and adjudicate the visa.