I’m writing this on behalf of myself and my partner; we live in the UK and have desperately been scouring the internet the past year in hopes to find information and a viable path to the USA or Canada. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the topic, the majority of websites hold information or services for an extremely large fee when in reality, all I wish to do is ask few questions, and if you are able to provide any avenues then we will proceed from there.
The only useful information that we have been able to find is that an E-2 Visa may be possible based on what other UK citizens have expressed online. I do want to mention that we don’t want to limit ourselves to E-2 Visas.
These won’t take long to answer as they are extremely basic questions, yet like I said, I can’t seem to find any concrete answers to these questions online.
For the USA:
1- I run an online retail business, with my own product and brand/company, selling on Amazon.com – with stock held exclusively in the USA, and products being sold only in the USA (though I can expand to Canada). I have invested a lot of money in it already. Can this be used to obtain a visa? Would this work for an E-2 visa, or can it be used in another way?
2- If we buy an apartment/villa with a mortgage, would this count as an investment? Better yet, if we rent it out (which would be a business), surely this would this grant an E-2 visa? Is this correct?
3- If not, and we must invest in a different business, how small can the amount be? We have seen others invest as little as $4500 to $13,000. I ask this because if we buy a business that’s only worth $10,000, and that becomes our business, would that still apply?
4- Could the E-2 visa investment be done as a joint investment, or must it be from an individual?
5- We are planning to live in the Orlando area, would the business/investment have to be located in the same area or state? Or can it be based in another state?
6- Can an investment be a small percentage of a business?
7- Would I be able to invest in a franchise?
Regarding the O-1 visa:
My father is a well-known martial arts master and writer, with many certificates, belts, awards and is featured in many magazine articles and on covers. I’m also featured in some of the publications and also hold a belt. Can this be used to grant an O-1 Visa?
Ideally I’d like to just continue my current business there as I have already spent a lot of time and money over the years and it is a U.S business.
I have been travelling to Orlando over the course of 20 years and while it was for leisure, I do strongly feel like it is the right place for me.
If there are any options for Canada that may be easier, we are definitely willing but our hearts are set on Orlando, or Nevada.