Buying a business can be the best way to get established and obtain your Investor Visa or E2 visa in the USA
This option allows an investor to purchase a business in the US (or be at least a 50% owner) of a business. The smaller the business the larger the percentage investment would need to be to show “substantial” investment.
The US Citizenship and Immigration service indicates that your investment must meet the requirements described below:
Requirement 1 - As a treaty investor, you must be coming to the United States to invest in a new or existing enterprise
USCIS defines an E-2 investment as the investor’s placing of capital, including funds and other assets, at risk in the commercial sense with the objective of generating a profit. Your investment may be for the purpose of establishing a new business venture, or purchasing a pre-existing business. In either scenario, you must demonstrate that the capital you are investing is substantial.
Requirement 2 - Your investment must be in a bona fide enterprise and may not be marginal
A bona fide enterprise is one that is a real, active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking which produces services or goods for profit. The enterprise cannot be an idle investment held for potential appreciation in value, such as undeveloped land or stocks held by an investor who has no intent to direct the enterprise.
A marginal enterprise is one that will not generate more than enough income to provide a minimal living for you and your family or to make a significant economic contribution.
Now you have decide to buy a business, nous need to do your homework
Don't try to do this analysis alone-get professional help to evaluate and price the business, particularly if you don't have at least three years of experience in owning and operating a similar enterprise. Some advantages and disadvantages of purchasing an existing business include the following:
• The business has an existing established relationship with both customers and suppliers.
• Financing will be easier to obtain providing the business has a good profit history.
• Operations can begin right away; current inventory can be sold to produce immediate cash flow.
• The cost may be higher than starting from scratch as often you are buying "goodwill."
• Existing problems can be hidden until after the sale.
• Inventories may be obsolete due to their age; equipment may be faulty.
Checklist – Due Diligences!
Here is a checklist of the following is a checklist of information and documents you should review:
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