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How We Facilitated Our Client's E-1 Visa Approval for Cross-Border Business Growth

How We Facilitated Our Client's E-1 Visa Approval for Cross-Border Business Growth

Securing an E-1 visa can be a challenging endeavor. However, our recent success story involving a Canadian-based E-1 company showcases a unique business model and an uncommon approach to demonstrating international trade. In this case study, we'll explore the distinctive path we took to assist our client in obtaining an E-1 visa and delve into the intricacies of their cross-border business model.

Client Profile: Navigating Transnational Prospects

Our client's business centers on a multifaceted role – identifying new clients in both the U.S. and Canada and closing sales for a renowned manufacturer of personal care products, household cleaners, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical-grade items, essential oils, home security systems, and identity protection services. While the manufacturer manages warehousing and shipping, our client operates on a commission-based model, positioning themselves as a pivotal link in the sales chain.

Understanding the E-1 Visa Process for a Canadian Company

The E-1 visa is traditionally associated with treaty traders from countries that maintain a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. In this unique scenario, our client, a Canadian-based enterprise, sought this visa to enhance their business operations in the U.S. Understanding the intricate requirements of the E-1 visa and demonstrating eligibility were paramount aspects of our approach.

The Significance of Industry Engagement

Our research revealed an intriguing facet of our client's business – their active participation in sectors such as e-commerce, online auctions, and direct selling companies. These discoveries not only bolstered their E-1 visa application but also showcased their substantial contributions to both the Canadian and U.S. economies.

Constructing a Robust Business Plan

The cornerstone of our success in securing the E-1 visa was a meticulously crafted business plan. This plan not only delineated the client's role in facilitating trade but also illustrated how their activities would generate an estimated US$600,000 in total trade between Canada and the U.S. This substantial trade played a pivotal role in the approval process.

Results: Triumph in Securing the E-1 Visa

Our strategic approach paid dividends, leading to our client successfully obtaining the E-1 visa. This achievement not only opened doors to new opportunities but also solidified their position as a pivotal player in the international trade landscape.

Conclusion: Navigating the Visa Maze for Business Success

This case study exemplifies the power of expertise, research, and strategic planning in assisting a Canadian-based company in securing an E-1 visa for cross-border expansion. Our client's unique business model, combined with their dedication to facilitating international trade, not only benefitted them but also contributed significantly to the economic growth of both Canada and the United States. As they embark on this new phase of their enterprise, they serve as a testament to the potential that lies in navigating the visa process for business success on a global scale.


The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.


Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.


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