I was denied my 3rd TN visa by CBP. This was due in most part, by 2 immigration law firms that made major mistakes on my renewal. Frustrated and stranded in Canada, I researched the best alternative visa for my company and discovered it to be an E2. I spent 3 whole days researching the E2 requirements, then interviewing multiple law firms in Toronto. I selected VisaPlace and they highly recommended that I contact Mel Bast to assist me in preparing an essential business plan. I knew a properly formatted business plan was critical and I knew it would be an additional expense…but after spending thousands in legal fees, Mel was by far my BEST investment.

Mel took the time to listen, understand my company, it’s growth targets and requirements for a successful E2 application. His candor, professionalism and quick turnaround, as well as his understanding and experience of the U.S. immigration requirements, made my E2 application successful.

I remember the day I received the email from VisaPlace, that my E2 petition was approved. I was over the moon! Mel even followed up with an email to ensure that everything was done right and that I had received my visa.

If you are stranded at the border…frustrated and not knowing which way to turn…I’ve done the research for you. Mel Bast and VisaPlace! Hands down the best E2 immigration team and my best investment and decision in 2016.

Dr. Mike Reid
Chiropractic Masters International


Words cannot express my gratitude for your incredible work and the care that you put into my E-2 Visa. Upon being initially denied an O-class visa, I was referred to you and it was the best piece of advice I have ever received. Explaining the entertainment business to the US Consulate was a daunting task but through your expertise, you were able to simplify it and make a very successful business plan for my new company.

You put thought into absolutely every part of the process and were a comforting ear and voice during an incredibly stressful time for me and my family. You went above and beyond what you were required to do and I truly count you as a friend. I learned so much from your detailed analysis of relating my business to the guidelines of the US Government and in the end will be a much better manager because I worked with you and your company.

After what I would have said was a "very long shot" to get an E-2, I was granted the maximum 5 years. Thank you so very much for everything, Mel.

Shane D. McCarthy

When I first started looking into expanding my company to the United States, I was so overwhelmed by all the requirements provided by my immigration lawyers. They recommended that I retain Mel Bast to prepare my business plan.

Mel helped me to organize my plans, consulted on issues that I would otherwise not have thought about, assisted with designing a strategic business model for executing my plans for establishing multiple future locations in the US, and put it together clearly and easy to understand in my business plan. It was so detailed and met all requirements for my E2 visa application that at my interview with the U.S. Consulate, the visa was approved within 5 minutes. Thank you Mel!

Mel truly cares and goes well beyond the call of duty to not only prepare a winning business plan but also to provide a blueprint to follow for a quick startup in establishing a new venture in the US. I recommend his services to anyone who needs assistance with a business plan.

Basma Hameed
Basma Hameed Dermal Micro Pigment Clinics
Toronto, Ontario and Beverly Hills, California



I must say it was a pleasure working with you and your company staff. Even though I tried to do the business plan myself, the end result of the one you prepared was above my expectations!

I am so grateful for the job you so well done, not to mention your fees were perfect compared to the time you spent on the plan and phone conversations.

The business plan was not only useful as part of my Visa Application documents, but it also helped me to understand and follow the plan in directing my business affairs which clearly indicates my up and down finance stages in business.

And last, thanks for all your advice and consultation time. Every time I was sad and upset from the stages of my visa application progress, you were there to calm me down, give me support and advise me how to handle each stage.

Words cannot express my gratitude. I look forward to doing more business with you and for sure, I will refer friends and family.

Alireza Nabati, P.E., P.Eng, A.M. ASCE.
Senior Project Engineer
(NDC) Nabati Design & Construction
Vaughn, Ontario and Irvine, California

Mel Bast provided me with a detailed business plan to help me grow my business and attract investors. His years of experience are immediately evident. I particularly appreciated his methodical and intuitive approach to the task. He took the necessary time to meet with me and ask the right questions. Those questions continued in both face to face and via email when time would not allow otherwise. He made it his business to understand my business from the inside out and then did necessary research to fill in the blanks. As a result of his work, I was able to consider markets for our service and modes of delivery I had not previously considered. Throughout the process, I felt that Mel was truly on my side rather than someone simply providing a commodity service. I'm certain that Mel will remain an important and valuable resource for me and for my business in the years to come.

R. Elan Eisen
President and CEO


I am taking this opportunity to thank you for your assistance with the development and writing both of our strategic plan and sensitive correspondence during negotiations with banks, accountants and legal advisors during our search for capital for expansion purposes.

Your business acumen and ability to articulate thoughtful responses at every point was outstanding and very much appreciated.

Fred Moody, President, LQ Inc.


I would just like to thank you for all your help with our L-1A Visa application. It was so nice to have someone with your experience and knowledge to go to for advice and assistance throughout this whole process. I really appreciated your genuine interest and concern about us and our business. The business plan looks fantastic and I am totally confident in our L1 Visa application. You were really able to take the information I gave you and make it sound professional and our business goals easy to understand for anyone, even if they don't know our industry. I will definitely recommend your services to everyone I know.

May God bless you,

Judy Krahn, V.P., Nitro Trailers Inc.

We first hired Mel Bast in 1995 to help us set up our franchise pro forma for Wine Not. Not only did Mel help us get our program off the ground, he helped us grow 39 franchises in Canada and 9 in the U.S. He also helped at least 25 of our franchisee's get financing in the CSBL program in Canada and several through the SBA program in the U.S.

Mel was also instrumental in helping us get our US visa so that we could move and work in the United States. He was always eager to assist at a moment's notice. Mel has always been a top professional and we would recommend him highly for any project that you are considering.

Grant Cats
Past President Wine Not Inc. and Wine Not International Inc.
President of Winery at Lakewood Ranch

Mel was instrumental in securing my E2 Visa. He is an excellent communicator, and has experience and knowledge about the immigration requirements to obtain work permits in the US. He was able to assist me strategically in putting an excellent business plan in place for the visa application. He has vision, is very personable, and is extremely thorough in his work. He will get the job done for you.

Andrea Constand BA, CBP, RMT
Medical Massage Therapy Center
Charlotte, NC


As you know I now have my E2 Visa in place for me, my wife and kids, valid for 5 years which is such a delight. I wanted to thank you for getting my business plan done for me and putting up with my all my questions and dealing with my lawyer so that it all went smoothly. I know it likely wasn't your easiest file to deal with because of the unusual circumstances and I appreciate you getting it all done for me with as little stress as there was. Again, Mel, thanks!

Doron Stephen, Amergence Technology Inc.
City of Industry, CA


I thought I should express our gratitude for completing our business plan in a very accurate and easy to read manner. Thank you for your personal commitment in the research of all data and various references to similar companies.

We received numerous positive and complimentary remarks on its cover page and detailed content. Your work helped our company in the process of going public and to establish our present business model. We consider ourselves fortunate to have been introduced to you and will surely utilize you as our consultant in all future financial plans.

John D'Alessandris, President and CEO, Clik Tech Corp

We have used M.J. Bast, Finance and Business Planning Consultant since we started Goody2Chews Foods Inc. in September 2004 and for 1 Hour Signs Inc. franchise business since 1994. Business plans prepared by Mel Bast and his advice have been very valuable to us. We received very positive comments from every financial institution to whom we presented our business plans.

Mel also assisted us in making presentations to the financial institutions and investors and was always available for answering questions. We would highly recommend his services to anyone who is planning to restructure their business or is looking to raise financing.

Shan Jamal
President, CEO

Starting a new business from the ground up is a life changing event. Most of us know "What" we want to do, "How" we want to do it and "Where" we would like to be established. Sadly the "Everything in-between" can be quite overwhelming and frustrating. In my honest opinion, without help from Mel Bast, my business would likely have never taken flight. The professional work and attention to detail put forth by Mel made the whole experience of opening a business a real pleasure and a educational experience.

Would I recommend Mel's services? Without question!

James Remers, President
Simply Imports, Burlington, ON

I was referred to Mel Bast by my accountant in connection with my intention to sell my children's clothing business to pursue another opportunity. Although I changed my mind and decided not to sell the business at the time, I found the exercise very worthwhile for a number of reasons, one being the business relationship I have established with Mel.

In every respect, Mel is completely professional. He prepared a highly thorough, accurate and informative profile of my business for review by prospective purchasers and delivered it on time. His follow-up with prospects was remarkable - just the right amount of persistence with no attending pressure.

I found Mel to be easy to talk to and always willing to take the time to explain things I did not fully understand. I also appreciated his insights and valuable suggestions. He will continue to be an important mentor and coach in my business planning and related decisions.

Denise Azzopardi, President, Babes in the Beach Inc., Toronto, Canada

Mel Bast is an exceptionally thorough business analyst who provided a detailed x-ray of our services, retail and events business. Using his signature gentlemanly, diplomatic style, Mel acted as the catalyst to take our business into never imagined new directions and significantly greater profitability.

Kathleen Seaver, President

1281122 Ontario Inc., operating as Kate's Garden, Markham, Canada