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Case Study: Successful E-1 Visa Approval for a Mexican Uniform Importing and Distribution Company

Case Study: Successful E-1 Visa Approval for a Mexican Uniform Importing and Distribution Company

Client Background:

Our client, a Mexican-based company specializing in exporting and distributing high-quality uniforms, sought to expand its operations into the United States market. With a strong focus on establishing partnerships with American businesses, they aimed to leverage the E-1 visa, which allows foreign nationals of treaty countries to enter the U.S. for the purpose of engaging in international trade.


One of the primary challenges our client faced was navigating the E-1 visa process as a foreign based outside the United States. While traditionally E-1 visas are associated with businesses formed in the U.S., the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) notes that the country of incorporation is irrelevant to the nationality requirement for E visa purposes. However, proving substantial trade and ensuring alignment with E-1 visa regulations remained crucial hurdles.


Recognizing the unique circumstances of our client's business, we tailored a comprehensive business plan that highlighted their extensive experience in the uniform industry, their track record of substantial trade transactions with the U.S., and their strategic approach to entering the U.S. market. Leveraging the FAM's guidance, we emphasized the company's Mexican nationality and its intent to engage in substantial trade with American businesses.

Our business plan outlined detailed market research showcasing the demand for high-quality uniforms in the U.S. market and identified potential American partners interested in collaborating with our client. Additionally, we provided financial projections demonstrating the company's ability to generate substantial revenue through its proposed trade activities in the United States.


With our meticulously crafted business plan in hand, our client successfully submitted their E-1 visa application. Despite the unconventional nature of their business structure, the clarity and persuasiveness of our documentation played a pivotal role in securing approval for their visa. Our client was granted the E-1 visa, allowing them to establish their presence in the United States and pursue their international trade objectives with confidence.


This case exemplifies the importance of strategic planning and expert guidance when navigating complex visa processes such as the E-1 visa. By leveraging our expertise in business planning and immigration law, we were able to develop a compelling project for our client, ultimately leading to a successful outcome. As businesses continue to explore opportunities for international expansion, partnering with experienced professionals is essential for overcoming regulatory challenges and achieving immigration goals.

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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