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These Countries Offer Visas for Entrepreneurs

February 11, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


These Countries Offer Visas for Entrepreneurs

We have written from time to time about the opportunities for entrepreneurs from other countries to obtain non-immigrant visas by investing in an existing business or by launching a new enterprise in the United States. These visas are part of the U.S. E- 2 visa program. Permanent residency is also available through the U.S. government’s EB-5 program for investors who, in addition to investing a substantial amount of capital, also meet several other important requirements. We thought our readers may also be interested in learning about other countries that offer [Read More]

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Want an E-2 Visa? Think Franchise.

January 30, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


Want an E-2 Visa Think Franchise.

Many prospective clients come to us to ask for help with the preparation of a business plan that would be submitted as part of a petition (application) for an E-2 visa, commonly referred to as an “Investor Visa.” It is interesting to note that in many instances, these clients have no idea what business they should invest in. Perhaps they should purchase an existing business or invest in a startup. We always recommend that, in these cases, the client should consider purchasing a franchise that operates in an area for [Read More]

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What’s the Difference Between the L-1A and L-1B Visas?

January 16, 2017 by Jimmy Lewin


L1A and L1B Visas

The L-1 classification of visas are called “Intracompany Transferee” visas. These types of visas are used when a U.S. company wishes to transfer an individual or individuals from a foreign affiliated company to its U.S. operations or when a non-U.S. company wishes to transfer an individual to its newly established or existing U.S. business. The central idea is that the individual(s) being transferred are not U.S. citizens and therefore require a visa in order to do the transfer legally. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) categorizes L-1 visas [Read More]

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E-2 Business Plan Update

September 5, 2014 by Akira Hirai and Jimmy Lewin


E2 Business Plan Update

Our clients come to us from all over the world. Many, it turns out, are entrepreneurs and investors who wish to acquire or establish businesses in the United States but are not citizens or legal residents of the U.S. In order to own and work in a business in the U.S., a foreign entrepreneur must apply for and receive an immigration visa from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS), an agency of the U.S. Government. One of the most important requirements of the immigration authorities is that the [Read More]

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Africa is Sizzling!

March 15, 2013 by Akira Hirai and Jimmy Lewin


Business in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is hot, and often, very humid. But that is not what we mean by sizzling. The IMF forecasts that sub-Saharan economies will grow at 5.7%, and the region is home to nine of the world’s 20 fastest-growing economies. That is the central theme of Dealmakers Dream of African Riches, an article appearing in the January 21-January 27, 2013 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. The authors of the piece report that Citigroup, Barclays, and Standard Chartered are expanding their presence in Africa in the hopes of taking advantage of agricultural, [Read More]

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The Heart of Any E-2 Application

October 11, 2012 by Jimmy Lewin


visa application business plan

An experienced immigration attorney in Mesa, Arizona – where there is a great a deal of immigration activity, as you may imagine – contacted us to assist one of his clients with a business plan for an E-2 investor visa. He indicated that one of the requirements for an investor visa is a business plan. While we have a great deal of experience in writing business plans that are used for immigration purposes, the attorney was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on the importance of the business [Read More]

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Development Banks Can Help Your Business

August 20, 2012 by Jimmy Lewin


Development Banks Can Help Your Business

Generally speaking, development banks are publicly owned financial institutions that are established for the purpose of providing medium- and long-term capital for public or private investments in developing economies. Most of the time, capital is provided in the form of loans. In some cases, these loans may be accompanied by technical assistance. Most people are aware that the World Bank or the African Development Bank will provide capital and assistance so that some village in Africa can build a water treatment plant or an airport. These are highly important initiatives [Read More]

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You Can Live and Work in the U.S.

May 25, 2012 by Jimmy Lewin


Live and Work in the US with Immigration Visa

If you are not a U.S. citizen you can legally live and work in the United States as long as you obtain one of the immigrant visas that are available to foreign nationals. Many of these visa programs are targeted at people with special work skills or for people who wish to invest in businesses that provide jobs in the U.S. Many engineers, scientists, and doctors apply for these types of visas. Many successful entrepreneurs who wish to try their hand at business, U.S. style, apply for what are often [Read More]

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Global Considerations for Startups

November 30, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Global Considerations for Startups

Startups need to think ahead about key global issues from day one, even if the initial focus is local. This approach, popularly known as “glocalization,” means you have to design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market in which you operate. Recognizing this is as much about culture as about language, ensures an understanding of regional motivators, cultural taboos and local customs – so that your solutions are ideally designed and marketed to deliver value that has genuine local relevance. What all this doesn’t mean [Read More]

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