That could be possible as far as an E-2 visa application at the Toronto US consulate is concerned.
You must, however, show "majority and control" - even if "negative" control; and etc;
Consult with an experienced lawyer in private, through a phone and/or Skype consultation. Many of us offer it 7 days a week.
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Investment in a liquor store could be a viable investment for an E-2 Visa provided you meet the myriad of requirements laid out by the regulations. In terms of timing, the US Consulate in Toronto usually takes less than three weeks to schedule the E-2 Interview though it does generally take at least 2 weeks to put together a successful application. Alternatively, if you wish to merely change status in the US the average processing time right now is about 4-5 months though for an extra $1225 you can obtain a decision (or a request for additional evidence) within 15 days in the event you wish to expedite the process. That said, the vast majority of my Canadian clients elect to obtain the Visa through the Consulate rather than change status within the US in order to obtain the Visa rather than merely the status. You can feel free to reference some of the basic requirements for obtaining an E-2 in Florida here: https://www.colombohurdlaw.com/obtaining-e-2-visa-florida/ I would strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced E-2 Visa lawyer to ensure that your application is filed properly as there are multiple issues that do crop up during this process.
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Yes, it could be possible for you to invest in a liquor store. I would encourage you to seek assistance from a local Immigration lawyer.
There is no limitation or restriction regarding the type of business that can qualify for an E-2 investment. Also, there is no minimum investment amount required nor any specific number of employees/U.S. workers that have to be hired. Instead, everything will be relevant to the type of business that you are either purchasing or starting. Also, if you are purchasing an existing business, you can make the purchase conditional upon E-2 visa issuance, if the seller is willing to wait. There is a specific list of legal requirements that must be met to qualify for an E-2, which you need to understand. Also, you need to be familiar with the filing procedures and time frame for the case. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before proceeding. Good luck!
Yes, absolutely provided you evidence the requirements for the E visa. The investment must be substantial - so would vary depending on price of the store, you should also have an experienced business/immigration attorney draft the PSA since you can put in language to make the purchase contingent on issuance of the E visa - but it has to be worded specifically to comply with immigration rules regarding the investment. You need to show legal source of the funds - income, investment, gift, etc. as well as sufficient income/assets to show you are not reliant on the business for your livelihood.
You can enter as B-1 to negotiate purchase and close, and depending on the period of stay granted file a change of status here which as noted can take several months, but you can file for premium processing to obtain a decision (yes, no or RFE) with in 15 days, or if not decision they refund the premium processing fee of $1,225. Alternatively, you could file directly at the consulate.
If you are only investing and not purchasing, you have to show will have control (although may be 50/50), and can still structure the investment as noted above with contingencies, etc.
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Yes it is Permitted to invest in any legitimate business. Consider a consultation with an immigration attorney. Many of us use Skype.
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