Before You Start
Are you considering changing your lifestyle by living and working in America?
Here are a few thoughts for you at the start of the process:
Work out what you will have to spend and how you will get the money together. This could be the sale of or loan against the family home, a deed of gift, or a repayable loan. For an E-2 visa application you are required to make a “substantial investment” but this is not defined by the Foreign Affairs Manual that adjudicators work to. Many visa attorneys and consultants will put an arbitrary figure on it but this is not set in stone and no-one should assume that they can’t afford to make this move. Franchises, semi-start-ups and start-ups can all be applied for with lower investment and Visa2theStates has had many successes getting approval for lower end investments
The internet is a marvellous place to start and you can do a lot of research on-line before any firm decision is made. You can:
- Join one of the Forums that specialise in providing information on visas and visa applications as well as living and working in America. www.theusaforum.com is a great place to start. Here you will find details on all aspects of American life, from schools to medical, from demographics to shopping.
- Get a list of businesses available and decide on the sort of future that may appeal. Be open minded at this stage. Something you may not have thought of might be perfect for this lifestyle change
- Look at the demographics and images of areas you are considering moving to.
- Work out the costs of items you will need in America such as cars, phones, etc.
- Join www.theusaforum.com. It's completely free and will help to get your many questions answered by members looking to go or who have already made the journey.
Look at the working visa options, and decide which best applies to your situation. The E-2 is an investor visa and for many, will represent the only option. The L-1 visa works for those who have an existing UK business and can keep the operation active whilst in the USA.
Get familiar with the requirements at http://london.usembassy.gov/