E2 Visa – Ken, Digital Marketing – Australia/UK
From Exploring Options to Starting a US Business: Many of our clients are interested in a US Investment Visa. While Ken initially was looking US Businesses for Sale, the prospects disappointed him and he quickly decided that the least risky option was to start a business from scratch and he retained our offices as his E2 Visa Attorney. Ken began working on an E2 Visa Business Plan for his E2 Visa Business.
Over the time we worked with Ken on his E2 Visa Application we were always impressed with the way he pushed through every obstacle and challenge that stood in his way. Now Ken has an E2 Visa and his own business in California. We wish him all the best as he builds a life in the US! Please take the time to read more of his story, in his own words, below and if you need E2 Visa Help contact us today for a Free Consultation.
Tell me about where you are from and a little bit about your career and what you do.
Originally raised in Australia, I have lived in London for many years. I specialize in digital, with over 15 years experience in digital marketing, e-commerce and multichannel marketing.
Have you ever lived in the US before? If so, under what circumstances? If not, what aroused your interest in a move to the US?
I have not lived in the U.S before, however, I have travelled widely throughout the U.S and have enjoyed its diverse States, friendly people, and in the case of LA, it’s great weather. The decision to move to the U.S was to undertake a new challenge.
How did you decide to pursue an E2 Visa?
I initially went to the U.S with the view to purchase a US business, however, after reviewing a substantial amount of small businesses and analyzing their paperwork, I soon discovered that many of the businesses for sale had poor account keeping and were in my view, high risk acquisitions. As a result, I eventually decided to setup my own business, a digital performance agency.
What was your experience with the E2 petition process?
The E2 process was a rather lengthy and arduous task. I flew into L.A from London multiple times to undertake market research, to look for an office location, to find a professional CPA I would want to work with, and to invest in office furniture, computers and other materials required for setting up the business.
What were some of the challenges you had to work on in the preparation of your case, for example evidence gathering?
A lot of paperwork was involved, yet the team at the Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram helped make the process less tedious with their methodical process and ongoing support.
What kind of relationship did/do you have Chris and his team?
Although various team members offered assistance, my main contact, Jeremy, provided dedicated support throughout the whole E2 process. Jeremy was professional, knowledgeable and always dependable in getting things done accurately, whilst responding to queries efficiently.
What were you doing when you found out you were approved? What was your immediate reaction? How did/will you celebrate?
As a lot of work went into the E2 Visa application, it was a relief to finally be invited to the U.S embassy in London to attend the interview. I was advised of my successful application by the assessor on the day and my immediate reaction was – there’s some exciting challenges ahead and also a lot of work to do!
What are you looking forward to most about moving to the US?
The warm weather and the challenge of starting a new business abroad.
What will you miss the most about your home country?
I have always missed Australia and in particular, Melbourne where I grew up – even when I was living in a great city like London. Absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder, and in my case, there will always be a part of me that will love and miss home or cities I have lived in, no matter where I relocate to in the world. With my move to the U.S, I know I will soon miss Australia’s natural beauty and all the wonderful history and culture prevalent in the UK and Europe. However, there is also a lot I love about the U.S, so I’m very much looking forward to some exciting times ahead.
What advice would you give to any immigrant considering an E2 Visa or who is already in the process?
Consider the process a journey, and enjoy it! I suggest flying into the U.S and to the State and the City you would want to do business in and stay there for awhile. Visit the local businesses, assess the local area, speak with a CPA, a Broker, a Bank Manager and also get to know the local people, the local environment and way of life – and identify whether you want to be in this locality, then whether your business could thrive in this locality. The U.S states and cities are all very different, so find a City that works for you and your business.
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