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E-1 Visa Approval for Canadian CEO

We are pleased to announce that one of our clients was recently granted an E-1 “Treaty Trader” visa at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. This particular client is a Canadian citizen who owns and runs his own professional marketing company in Canada. This visa approval will allow our client to travel to the U.S. over the next five years and provide professional marketing services to his U.S.-based clients. Notably, this five-year visa allows our client to foster and strengthen business relationships across the border, contributing to both the Canadian and U.S. economies.

Understanding the E-1 Visa: Requirements & Benefits

The E-1 visa, also known as the “Treaty Trader” visa, is designed for individuals or employees of companies engaged in substantial trade between the United States and their home country. Here are the key requirements for an E-1 visa:

  • Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of a country that maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States.
  • Substantial Trade: The applicant’s enterprise must be engaged in substantial trade primarily between the United States and the treaty country. Trade includes the exchange of goods, services, international banking, insurance, transportation, tourism, technology, and its transfer, among other activities.
  • Principal Trade: Over 50% of the total volume of the international trade conducted by the treaty trader must be between the United States and the treaty country.
  • Executive or Essential Skills: The applicant must be in a managerial or executive role or possess highly specialized skills essential to the successful operation of the business.
  • Intention to Depart: The applicant must intend to depart the United States when their E-1 status ends, or the applicant can seek a visa renewal if they are able to show they continue to meet the E-1 visa requirements.

A Tailored Approach to Success

Our approach was meticulously tailored to meet the stringent requirements of the E-1 visa. We collaborated closely with our client to ensure that every aspect of the application showcased the requisite substantial trade and the pivotal role our client would play in providing professional services to his U.S.-based clients.


For individuals looking for work authorization so they can enter the U.S. to service their U.S.-based clients or otherwise conduct trade with the U.S., the E-1 visa presents a desirable pathway for many. This is particularly applicable for individuals in managerial, executive, and supervisory roles or those with particular skills that are essential to the business.

Be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law today if you need help with your immigration law challenges.