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E Visas

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:49 pm

Has anyone entered the US on a tourist visa and then changed your status to an E visa because you are going to start a business. My husband and I plan to start a Mediterranean Restaurant just outside Houston. We will employ at lleast 10 people. Has anyone done anything similar and could give me tips on what the immigration authorities need to see in order to be considered for an E visa? Any advice would be welcomed.

 

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:23 am

I have heard of it being done successfully, and I know that there is a British guy somewhere in FL that specializes in this. However, Immigration experts that I have spoken to seem to that this is a risky way to go and generally don't recommend it. My advice would be to talk to an Immigration Attorney specializing in E2s, preferably one that is a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association). www.aila.org.

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:10 pm

Thanks for that advice. We have already been speaking with a reputable immigration lawyer. Was just wondering whether anyone there had gone through the process and had some good tips!

 

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:23 pm

Did your immigration attorney recommend this as an option? I'd be interested in his comments and his advice. We could certainly add information on this subject to our knowledge base. I'd love it if you could share more information!


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:51 am

Yes. He suggested coming in on tourist visas with a sound business plan. We are dealing with a commercial realtor whose is looking for suitable properties either in strip malls or 'stand alone'. We will then have an idea of what the site will cost and my son, who lives in Houston, will research set up and equipment costs. The lawyer says that we have a good chance of getting E type visas if we can show an investment of 100,000 dollars but that we have to go ahead first and then apply! This of course is a big risk but he is confident especially in the area we are looking at. I was enquiring whether anyone in this forum had done anything similar in order to assess the risk.

Putting together some information for people like us would be very helpful.

 

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:26 pm

Please don't be offended by me asking lots of questions, but I am very interested in this option, if it is indeed a viable one.

Questions for you;
1. Is your immigration guy an attorney (as opposed to a "consultant").
2. Is he based here in the US?
3. What type of "tourist visa" is he advising? Forgive me, but I don't know your eligibility for the tourist visa waiver programme, so am trying to ascertain whether you are being advised to do that, or the 6 month B visa.
4. If it is a B visa, is he suggesting you enter as a "tourist" rather than as someone intending to do business?

Thanks!
Kirstie


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:34 pm

I am not offended at all by your questions and I shall answer them the best I can.

1. Yes he is an attorney who specialises in immigration.
2. He is based in Houston.
3. I am British so I can come in for 3 months, then leave and return for another 3 months during which time he would hope that our E visa will have been granted. My husband is Egyptian and has a 5 year multiple visa. he can stay in for about 10 months at a time.
4. Isn't relevant as we will both enter on tourist visas.

I hope this helps.

 

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