Franchising is a method of distributing products or services. Each franchise system typically includes the franchisor, who lends the brand and business system; and the franchisee, who pays a royalty and often an initial franchise fee for the right to do business under the franchisor’s name and system.
Foreign franchises can be quite successful in the U.S. but generally after several adjustments to their business model. We prefer to work with foreign franchisor brands that have atleast few units operating in the U.S. and a track record of success.
Investment requirements range greatly depending on the franchise, location and industry. Total start-up costs can range from $20,000 to over $1,000,000, depending on the franchise selected.
There are no set minimums for either visa category but we recommend a total investment of at least $150,000 for the E-2 investor visa and $100,000 for the L-1 visa.
Visa Franchise works with firms who have helped thousands of people obtain their European citizenship. Contact us if you are interested in exploring this option.
Depending on the type of business you would like to operate in the U.S., Visa Franchise can provide support on market and financial studies. Also, we supports services related to obtaining the visa through Visa Franchise and our partners.
A prospective investor might have an established business in his home market then decide to invest in a U.S. franchise or existing business. This still allows them to obtain an L-1 visa even if the affiliated business abroad is not in the same industry as the U.S. company.