anyone comment on whether it is easier to set up a new business
or buy an existing one on E-2 visa, and which the U.S.
immigration people would prefer.
Thanks in advance
Though buying an established business is perhaps easier
as you are getting income from day one and also the business
should have a proven track record giving a sense of security, it
is possible to do a start up provided you research your
market and demographics.
There is also a franchise which is
a start up but differs from a complete start up
as it is like setting up a new branch of
a tried and tested business with already established
As to which the immigration authorities prefer,
then a firmly established
business with good turnover and already
employing people will always be well regarded by the
embassy. But they
may also approve a start up provided it is supported by an
excellent business plan and provided that the substantial
investment requirement is fulfilled.
Has anybody out there actually got children in a university in
Florida. Was just interested in the costs involved and if it
made a difference on certain visa's. If all goes as planned we
would be on the L-1 visa.
Answer. Children who are visa dependents
pay residents rates until they are 21 at most
institutions provided they have been in Florida for a year.
However as they dont graduate high school till say 18 and
a half and the degrees are four years long, most arnt finished
by the time they reach 21. They then have to change to F1
student visa and the
fees quintuple and you also have to show the embassy you have
the money to pay the fees and also
expenses, books etc before they will issue you with an
international students visa. Reasons for returning to the UK?
Well where the parents arnt able to produce bank statements
showing they have the required funds, they wont get the F1 visa
and with no visa and over 21, the child can't stay in the US.
The other reason may be a desire to get a UK based
qualification if you are at all uncertain of being able to go
the H1b route at the end of your course.
Also notice a few of you have children that return to UK to go
to Uni. Why?
Julie and Dave
Thanks for a great forum. I wondered what opinions
the readers of this forum might have on a new E2
application and where it would be easier to get approved. My
lawyer recommends doing a COS with USCIS as he feels it would be
more likely approved there. However another lawyer said that
currently USCIS in CA is getting harder and denying visas willy
nilly right now. He recommended going to London.
My 194 and current visa runs out end of Aug and I am 3 or 3 days
away for submitting my COS - but now I am not sure if I would be
better off saving my $1000 premuim processing fee and just
applying direct to London. The new E2 business I have started
already employs one full time US worker and one contractor if
that helps any.
Answer. Very quick
answer to the visa application question. I would choose
London every time. They are fair minded and very thorough,
whereas USCIS only seem to look at boxes, and anything outside
that box seems to be disregarded.
In addition a successful application through USCIS means you are
Hi. We are
currently researching the E-2 Visa process, could someone please
explain what the I-94 is as it keeps popping up on these boards
but we are just not sure what it is.
Thank you. Nicky
Answer I-94 is your right to remain in the US, it is the
equivalent of the three month visa waiver you get as a tourist
but if you are on a visa you get an I-94 rather than a I-94W, if
you are on E2 you usually get two years at a time. It is
the bottom part of the form you fill in on your flight out
stapled into your passport by the port of entry officer or you
can get one from USCIS either on change or extension of your
status in the US through them. It differs
from a visa which is the right to travel to the US and a request
to enter to the port of entry officer rather than your
permission to stay. The two are not always for the same
periods of time so things can get complicated.
Your I-94 will be removed when you leave the US, holiday etc and
you get a new one on reentry.
This US visa
malarky is a minefield as I have been reading at great length.
If the UK company I currently work for want to be ready to
launch in August next year \when should the
L-1 visas be applied for? I have not been able to
find a lead time in 'applying' to getting an answer also I am
guessing it will be the company I work for who applies or do I
as an individual have to apply?
Answer. The company applies to transfer you to the subsidiary, branch or
affiliate they will set up in the US.
You need to have been employed as an executive or manager
of the parent company for at least one in the last three years.
If you premium process, it is quite quick,
you can get an initial approval from USCIS
within two weeks and then it takes the amount of time to
schedule an appointment and attend an interview at the US
embassy. If you
don’t premium process, it could take a couple of months.
I am new to this forum and I wonder if anybody here has any
experience with the US Consulate in Toronto?\line\line My wife
and I are both Canadians and we have a E2 visa interview
scheduled next month.\line We went from F1 status to E2 status
earlier this year in the US and now we are trying to get our E-2
visa at the Toronto embassy. Does anybody have any
experience with the interview process at the Toronto embassy?
Some people say the E-2 interview at the Toronto embassy is very
straight forward, but still, I'm nervous about it!
Answer. I've been through the E2 in Toronto 3
times now....and each one has been the same. You go through
security at the front door. You go to a little room and wait
until called (10-30 minutes). They ask you a couple of soft
questions, and all 3 times they wanted confirmation we were
married. You then go pay your money come back, show them the
receipt and they say we get the passport back the next day.
But the last 2 times we asked if it was at all possible to get
the passports that day and both times we got the passport back
at 3 pm.
I am a German citizen and wish to move from Germany to live in
the US. I wish to buy a German bakery on E-2 visa and would file
through the US consulate in Frankfurt. I don't understand what
the word marginal means.
Answer. The concept of marginality and marginal is a hard one for even
native English speakers to understand. What it basically means
is that if you are marginal the US immigration authorities
consider that your business does not earn enough money to both
keep you and your family and to also employ American staff
members. Basically if you are just earning enough to subsist
yourself, you could be marginal. Moreover amount you are
considered to need to live on is applied by the embassy or
consulate on the facts, it is not what you yourself consider to
be sufficient and any income from elsewhere ( outside the
business, say a pension) is not taken into account. Hope this