The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
How to Apply for a Treaty Trade/Investor Visa at U.S. Embassy Brussels
E-1/E-2 visas are available to Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Attention: The procedure below is the ONLY acceptable way to apply for an E-1/E-2 visa.
- First register and pay the application fee(s), one payment for each applicant, through the online appointment system https://usvisa-info.com: Please follow the instructions on https://usvisa-info.com.
- Then prepare a package following the guidelines below and mail them to:
Non-Immigrant Visa Section/E-Visas
Boulevard du Régent/Regentlaan 25
- When the consular officer has reviewed the file (current average review time: 10 weeks), you will receive an automated email, instructing you to go back to your account on https://usvisa-info.com and to schedule your visa interview appointment, or to mail us additional information regarding proof of trade or investment. In the latter case, you or your attorney will have 30 days from our date of request to submit adequate proof. Failure to supply adequate proof of trade or investment within the 30 day time period will result in visa refusal.
Below are instructions for both E-1 (treaty trader) and E-2 (treaty investor) visa application packages:
The maximum size of the package is 40 double sided pages. Oversized packages are not accepted. Do not include brochures, photographs, or business plans. Applications should be submitted in a binder, with tabs, clearly dividing sections. If you use plastic sheathes to protect documents, please do not place more than one piece of paper inside each one; otherwise, you will significantly lengthen the time it takes us to examine your case.
Tab A (Table of Contents)
Tab B (Forms)
1) Confirmation page of completed form DS-160 per person (including derivatives). Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code.
2) Completed form DS-156E (PDF 600 KB) for primary applicant only
Tab C (Applicant Information)
1) a copy of the passport biographic page per person
2) a full-face, color photo per person (taken within the last 6 months),white background;2 inch x 2 inch = 5 cm x 5 cm. ATTENTION: Beginning November 1st, 2016, only photos without glasses will be accepted.
3) Certificates that demonstrate proof of family relationships and the marital status for each applicant (one copy for the entire family is sufficient)
4) The principal applicant’s résumé or curriculum vitae
5) A signed statement of intent to depart the U.S. upon termination of status for the principal applicant
Tab D (Cover Letter and additional documents)
1) The cover letter must describe how the enterprise qualifies for E-1 or E-2 status and must include a description of the beneficiary’s specific skills and qualifications, if not addressed in the resume or CV. The letter must address all the requirements for E-1 or E-2 visa eligibility, described in depth in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual 9 FAM 41.51.
Address the following points in detail for the E-1 visa:
*a. The trade is substantial and on-going
- The traded goods are easily identified and traceable
- The enterprise is currently operational
- At least 50% of the trade is between the US and the treaty country. Bills of lading are the preferred documentation to verify this requirement; however, annual reports, purchase orders or invoices, sales invoices, inventory data and insurance papers documenting commodities imported into the U.S. may be acceptable.
Address the following points in detail for the E-2 visa:
*a. The investment is substantial
- The investor has invested or is in the process of investing
- The enterprise is currently operational or will commence operations imminently
- The investment is more than a marginal one solely for earning a living. If you are not the principle investor, you must demonstrate the applicant will fill an executive/supervisory role or possesses skills essential to the firm’s startup operations
2) Documentation that supports the applicant’s expertise and underlines his/her essential skills. This may include any relevant diplomas, job training certificates and/or letters from previous employers.
3) Include the first two pages of U.S. corporate tax returns, showing IRS reported sales for the two years immediately preceding the application and the most recent tax return filed with IRS.
4) Evidence that the enterprise has the present or future capacity to generate more than enough income for a minimal living for the treaty investor and his or her family. (The projected future capacity should be realized within 5 years after business start-up.)
Tab E (Ownership)
1) Proof of at least 50% treaty country nationality for the principal investor/owner
2) If the firm has several owners or subsidiaries or if the chain of ownership includes intermediary entities, please include the following (as applicable):
- a) An organization chart with names showing the full ownership structure of the entity
- b) Legal proof of ownership within a respective chain
- c) Photocopies of the bio data page of the passports and the percentage of each unit holder of the definitive parent company
3) If the firm is publicly traded with many shareholders (none of which own more than 50%) include:
- a) A written declaration justly authorized by a corporate official stating all of the stock exchanges on which the firm is traded
- b) A copy of recently issued trading information concerning the nationality of the stock’s owners.
4) For an E-1 visa, if the firm is an incorporated entity outside of the US, include a chart of ownership of the enterprise and a certificate of existence/registration from the state/province in which the company is incorporated.
- For proof of Trade or Investment, Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor applicants are encouraged to provide the following documentation:
Sales invoices; Purchase invoices; U.S. Bills of lading, issued by DHS/CBP; Inventory data;
- Insurance papers documenting commodities imported into the U.S.
Invoices; Cancelled checks and wire transfers, along with matching invoices; Bank statements showing matching debits; Escrow agreement, escrow account statement in the U.S., and escrow receipt (as applicable).
How to Apply for a Visa for Foreign Government Employee at U.S. Embassy Brussels
The following documents are required for A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, C-3, and NATO visa applications:
- A valid passport
- A printed confirmation page of the visa application form DS-160: Please download form DS-160 , complete it online and print the confirmation page. Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code.
- A full-face color photograph on a white background, 5 x 5 cm, taken within the last 6 months. Attention: Beginning November 1st, 2016, only photographs without glasses will be accepted.
- Old passport, if containing a still valid official/diplomatic U.S. visa.
- A Diplomatic Note (Note Verbale) from the government/agency. The Diplomatic Note should include the following information concerning the principal applicant:
- (1) Name and date of birth,
- (2) Position and title,
- (3) Place of assignment or visit,
- (4) Purpose of travel,
- (5) Brief description of duties,
- (6) Travel date,
- (7) Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States,
- (8) The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.
The Consular Officer will determine the appropriate visa classification.
ATTENTION: Holders of diplomatic passports must bring their diplomatic ID for admission.
A/G/NATO visa applications can be submitted at the Consular Section, Monday through Friday (except for Belgian and U.S. Holidays) between11:00 and 12:00 a.m. An appointment is not required. You will be given a pick-up ticket, showing the date as of which the passport containing the visa will be ready for pick-up. Pick-up hours are shown on the pick-up ticket. Due to biometric processing, same-day issuance of visas is not possible. Visa processing and printing takes at least two to three business days. Some applicants may be subject to clearance procedures that will require additional processing time.
Attention: Diplomats (individuals with diplomatic passports) and their dependents, as well as employees of governments or officially recognized international organizations, who want to visit the U.S. as tourists and whocannot travel under the Visa Waiver Program, must apply for tourist (B-2) visas in person. No application fee is charged to diplomatic passport holders.
The following documents are required to apply for a B-2 visa:
- Valid passport
- Printed confirmation page of the visa application form DS-160: Please download form DS-160, complete it online and print the confirmation page. Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code.
- A full-face color photograph on a white background, 5 x 5 cm, taken within the last 6 months
A visa interview with a consular officer is held for B-2 visa applicants, age 14 and above. Diplomatic passport holders may come to the Consular Section to submit their visa applications and to have their visa interview, Monday through Friday (except for Belgian and U.S. Holidays) between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. An appointment is not required.
Access and Security Notice
- Do not bring any electronic devices, luggage, back packs, or bags of any kind to the interview. You will not be allowed to enter with them and there is no place to store them.
- Only applicants with interview appointments can enter – friends, family, lawyers, etc. will not be allowed in.
- Allow several hours for the interview process
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
The Embassy is located at Bd du Regentlaan 25 in Brussels, Belgium. The nearest metro station is Kunst-Wet / Arts-Loi.