In alberta canada and we are citizen too, so can I open Massage Therapy and wellness business in USA and get E2 Visa.

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Customer: I am RMT in alberta canada and we are citizen too, so can I open Massage Therapy and wellness business in USA and get E2 Visa
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Customer: just start today
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I am sorry to read about your uncertainty regarding US immigration laws. I know they can be confusing and I hope we can address the matter here.

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I have read what you wrote. I can try to respond, but I need some additional information first. Please answer all of the following questions, by number:
1. How much are you going to invest in the massage therapy business?

2. How many employees will you have (besides yourself)?

3. Will the business generate enough income to support you and your family?

I need your answers to each of these questions before I could respond further.

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1.For business under 50$k need for start up
2. Is depend the client force but at least 2to 3 for beginner
3. Yes it is enough income for survival with family,
Because it is kind of medical Health professional business
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Generally, an E-2 visa requires an investment of US$100,000 – US$200,000 USD.  USCIS might consider an investment that is less than US$100,000 (but not less than US$50,000), but you have to show that your proposed business is somehow exceptional.  You must show how you obtained the money and that you obtained it legally.

Additionally, although you would be permitted to borrow some or all of this money, the loan cannot be secured by the assets of the US business.  You would have to secure the loan with other assets (such as your house in Alberta (if you own one).

You will also have to have a comprehensive business plan.  A comprehensive business plan should contain, at a minimum, a description of the business, its products or services (or both), and its objectives.  The plan should contain a market analysis, including the names of competing businesses and their relative strengths and weaknesses, a comparison of the competition’s products/services and pricing structures, and a description of the target market and prospective customers of the new commercial enterprise. The plan should list the required permits and licenses obtained. If applicable, it should describe the manufacturing or production process, the materials required, and the supply sources.  The plan should detail any contracts executed for the supply of materials or the distribution of products. It should discuss the marketing strategy of the business, including pricing, advertising, and servicing. The plan should set forth the business’s organizational structure and its personnel’s experience. It should explain the business’s staffing requirements and contain a timetable for hiring, as well as job descriptions for all positions. It should contain sales, cost, and income projections and detail the basis of such projections.  Most importantly, the business plan must be credible.  USCIS reviews business plans in their totality. An immigration officer must determine if it is more likely than not that the business plan is comprehensive and credible. A business plan is not required to contain all of the detailed elements, but the more details the business plan contains, the more likely it is that the plan will be considered comprehensive and credible.

Any investment must not be viewed as marginal.  The business plan must show that the business has a good chance of generating sufficient income to provide for you and your family within five years after entering the U.S.

The business must have a dedicated premise. E-2 companies cannot operate from the investor’s home.

You must show that you are not creating the business for the sole purpose of creating a job for yourself.  Normally, for the E-2 visa to be granted, the business must employ at least three to five other people.

You will also have to demonstrate that your sole purpose for entering the U.S. is to run or develop an enterprise.  This would be fairly easy to prove if you would own at least 50% of the business or occupy a significant managerial or leadership position that gives you operational control.

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it is satisfactory but i am asking particular my business model like amy wellness and spa business model, investment limit arround 50 t0 55 USD max,
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I have family size four included two adults kids, younger is full time university student , both are 21+ year
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I cannot tell if your business would qualify.  There is no limitation on the "type" of business.  If the business meets the qualifications I described above, then it could potentially qualify.  However, it might be difficult to qualify with a US$55K investment.

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