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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is for treaty traders, and the E-2 is for treaty investors. E-1 and E-2 visas are only available to nationals of countries that have commercial treaties with the United States.

In order to provide a higher level of service for all applicants, the DOS is shifting processing of E-1 and E-2 visas away from Mexico City. Effective July 7, 2015, E-1 visa processing will be handled by the Consulates General in Monterrey and Tijuana, and E-2 visas will be handled by the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will not process nonimmigrant E visa applications received in Applicant Service Centers on or after July 7, 2015.

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