I am currently in South Korea looking to start a Korean franchise business in the United States.
Just about a month ago I fell upon this opportunity and started to work on a business plan. Such as location, floor planning, number of employees, investment funds, etc. I am aware I would have a much better chance with help from a attorney about my case.
I was wondering what the first step would be. Would it be wiser to work with an attorney from the very beginning or should I first set up a business plan and receive a franchise agreement before I speak to an attorney about details?
The very "first step" in planning an E-2 visa application is to start working with a competent and highly experienced business immigration attorney. Otherwise all of your "other steps" risk being either "futile", deficient or flat out erroneous, potentially needlessly expensive and labor intensive to defuse the damage & set things right towards preparing an approvable E-2 visa application package, especially to the US consulate in Seoul, one of the toughest in the world when it comes to reviewing "E" visa applications by Korean citizens..
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We like to work with our E-2 investor clients from the very beginning in order to avoid a lot of easy-to-rectify mistakes.
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Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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