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U.S. Streamlines E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader/Investor Visa Processing in Canada


As of March 1, 2016, the United States is streamlining registration for Canadian companies seeking to move employees to the United States on E-1 and E-2 (treaty trader and investor) visas. Registration at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto and additional processing locations across Canada will be streamlined for employees (and their dependents) of companies with valid registrations.

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto handles all company registrations for E-1 and E-2 visas in Canada. Employees of enterprises not previously registered at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto must schedule their E visa interviews in Toronto. If a company’s registration has expired, employees (whether previously issued an E visa or not) must also apply for their visas in Toronto.

The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and the U.S. Consulates General in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal now offer E-1 and E-2 visa appointments for employees of companies with valid registrations and their dependents.

“We are confident that the expansion of E-visa adjudications for dependent family members and employees to more posts across Canada, combined with streamlined processing in Toronto, will enhance our service and help us meet the growing demand for this important visa class. Trade and investment between Canada and the United States remain critical to our relationship and to our countries’ economies. With the addition of E visa processing in Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa, it’s never been easier to apply for a visa for Canadian investors in the United States,” said Russel J. Brown, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

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