Saturday, January 16, 2016

United States E-2 Visa Program

USA E2 Visa Program


The USA’s E2 Visa program allows residents of 80 treaty countries to gain entry into the USA through business ownership.
 
Benefits of the E2 Visa include the ability to renew the visa every 2-5 years (depending on country of origin) for an indefinite period of time and maintain US residency as long as the business is operating profitably. Additionally spouses and dependents of the investor are eligible to enter the USA under the E-2 and may apply for US work authorization.
 
While there is no set minimum investment to qualify for E2 Visa program, investors should be prepared to provide a minimum of $100,000 USD towards their business investment. The business must not be considered “marginal” and should provide jobs for US workers.
 
Although the ownership of a franchise versus starting a business is not a prerequisite for eligibility, nor does it guarantee entry into the USA, investors increase the chances of having their application looked upon favorably by US officials by partnering with a successful and high profile franchise brand.
 
It is accepted that well known, established franchise brands offer a higher likelihood of success, and a higher likelihood of employing US workers than an unproven business. Officials are also more familiar with a national franchise brand, unlike a business with little or no history.
 
Furthermore, by partnering with a franchise, E-2 Investors are able to effortlessly provide officials with required documentation such as full and complete business plans, operational manuals and extensive histories of success.
 

Summary of Benefits of Investing in a Franchise for your E2 Visa application

 
  • A Nationally recognized franchise brand is likely to be perceived more favorably by immigration officials over an unknown business plan.
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  • Acceptable investment levels are generally lower with a well known franchise versus a start up business.
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  • By investing in a franchise you have the ability to immediately provide immigration officials with much of the required E2 visa paperwork such as business plans, forecasts and operational manuals – attempting to create this on your own could cause delays and cost you thousands more.
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  • An established franchise will have a higher overall chance of success than a start-up business.
 
 
While you are there, be sure to use the free resources to explore and research over 600 Franchise concepts in dozens of industries. You can also learn if your country is one of the 80 treaty countries, gain valuable insight on preferred business lenders and loan programs, review over 400 existing resale business and franchises plus learn how you can speak with existing owners of any franchise.
 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

USA International Trade Online Services Are Now FREE

Beginning Oct. 15, 2015 the newly redesigned USA Trade Online international trade services website became free for all users to access.

In addition, current users will find many new data fields and functions. The change will make this Census Bureau-provided data tool an even more powerful instrument for accessing and viewing U.S. international trade data.

In honor of the second World Statistics Day, now is the time to explore the rich variety of statistics available in USA Trade Online and learn how they support this year’s World Statistics Day theme of “Better Data. Better Lives”.

For complete details on how  you and your company may benefit from these services, click here now.

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Import Export Business International Trade Update

On July 9, 2015, the US Census bureau held their 9th webinar in their International Trade University Webinar Series–FTR 501: Best Practices.  You can still benefit from their new information packed international business trade webinar.

Experts from the Trade Regulations Branch presented the following items:
  •         How to remain compliant with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  •         Export transaction record keeping
  •         How to and when to submit a Voluntary Self- Disclosure (VSD)
  •         Utilizing the resources at census.gov/trade
Just click the link on their webpage to watch the Free recording of this valuable webinar.

International Trade University Webinar

Next, I have always been a frugal person with both my time and money. I believe to be successful, you must use your time wisely and if there are methods by which I can gain some revenue for the time spent online, then I definitely check it out.

In January of this year (2015) I discovered a little known rewards program that pays or rewards you to use the BING search engine.  If you are like me, Google has never offered to reward me for using their search engine so I signed up.  I will not go into a great deal of detail here but it makes 'common' sense to me to maximize your time (which is your most valuable asset!), especially when so much of it is spent online these days, both for business and personal.

If you use both Mobile and PC search you can earn up to $5 or $10 a month for time spent doing what you are already doing.  To me, this is a NO Brainer but some people will continue to send all their search data to Google who will happily use it to sell their advertising and earn their next Billion.  Yes, $5 or $10 a month isn't much, but it sure beats getting nothing.

BING Rewards Program