What are the probabilities to transfer my OPT to a B1 visa?

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

I want to start my own closing line as a real proper established professional business. I graduate in NYC and I am ready to start. I wrote a business plan, transferred the funds to my NY bank account, a great concept and great people surrounding me. Now, lawyers recommended me not to go for the investor visa. Some lawyers told me that its a lot of work but it is doable with $100,000 but others said that it is very risky because the immigration office that takes care of those visas don't like to give B1 visas. I am confused.

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  1. Ian Edmund Scott

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    Answered . I have done E Visa start ups and your business plan is a key document. I have filed successful E-2 petitions with as little as 35K in investment. (for a service industry start up).

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  2. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . Your facts/questions are confusing.

    Are you considering an E, or a B visa?

    E is possible, if you qualify, but difficult for a start-up.

    B is nearly impossible.

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  3. Tripti Sharad Sharma

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    Answered . Seek advise of a competent immigration attorney. B-1 is for business travelers, it may not work for you based on the facts you provided.

    This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known.... more

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