We have been in the business of helping entrepreneurs start a business in the US and obtain an E-2 visa, for a little bit more than 2 years. We thought we would share a couple of tips that can help you go in the right direction.
This article does not want to be exhaustive, but we feel it is a good start if you want to start a business in the US and get an E-2 visa. You will also find an infographic at the end of this article that you can download for free.
Pick a location
As foreigners, we might see the US like a compact block. Same language, same culture (or lack of some would say), same consumer habits … This could not be farther from the truth. First of all the US is a federation of independent States, this means as that local taxation and regulations are different, as well as economic realities. Soon a day to day basis life could be very different. Personally I have lived in 3 different States before settling for Florida and calling North Florida home. I have even found great differences in Florida. So what is the point of all this ? Picking the right State and city for what you want to achieve is key and we help you with that.
For any business having the right amount of working capital is key. In this case you will also have to plan for your living expenses. We show you how to get the information and plan for that.
Pick the right business
There are 3 options for starting a business in the US. You could start from scratch, purchase a franchise or buy an existing business for sale. All 3 options could qualify for an E-2 visa. We offer consulting services for these situations.
Pick the right people to help you
We have had quite a number of clients that came to us because their experience had been negative with other professionals. Our business model is based on your success. We want you to be successful, not only getting the E-2 visa, but also being a successful business owner. We have founded this company for other entrepreneurs to be successful in the USA and we count on you to tell everybody how wonderful it is to work with us. The people that we bring on the project to assist you have a solid track record and high ethics. We are a one stop shop for your project.
Have a timeline
We can help you find the right business that qualifies for an E-2 visa in less than 3 months (we average 1-3 months depending how fast you want to go) and there are also some administrative times to consider (like opening your corporation, filing your visa, etc …). So coordination is key. We help you lay out your timeline and help you stay on top of your deadlines.
Looking forward to helping you.