Does owning a business i.e. a bar, get me a visa to stay in the USA?

Asked about 2 years ago - Dallas, TX

I am a UK citizen currently working in Chicago for a British bank on an E2 visa, but due to personal reasons I am looking to relocate to Dallas. I want to start my own business and want that to be a bar. I have read that owning a profitable business is grounds for obtaining a visa, however I would like some clarification on the details and if this is in fact possible. Thanks!

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  1. Stephen Neil Foster

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . There are ways and it can be figured out (hopefully). Check out the EB-5 visa program. If you have any questions, let me know.

  2. Isaul Verdin

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . It is possible, but have to invest significant capital.

  3. F. J. Capriotti III

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Do you have more than $100,000 to invest in this bar and will it get you more than 50% ownership?

    If so, there is a possibility.

    Capriotti International Law

    FORMER IMMIGRATION LAW PROFESSOR -- LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This answer is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
  4. Deborah Lynne Karapetian

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . Yes - all the other attorneys have given you great ideas. You can start with your own E2 - then move on from there.

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