Investment Opportunities

Visa Franchise is By Your Side Each Step Of The Way

Three month process to invest in a new franchise and receive your E-2 or L-1 Visa

Franchise Steps

Step 1: Franchise Consultation with Visa Franchise

Step 1: Franchise Consultation with Visa Franchise

Review Visa Franchise’s services and learn more about the client’s specific needs (location, industry, etc.) Duration: ~1-week

Step 2: Personalized Franchise/Business Search

Step 2: Personalized Franchise/Business Search

Begins once Visa Franchise is engaged and client onboarding is completed. Duration: 3-4 weeks

Step 3: Presentation of 4-5 Franchises

Step 3: Presentation of 4-5 Franchises

Followed by introductions to franchisors and franchisees. Duration: 1 month

Step 4: Deal Finalization

Step 4: Deal Finalization

Execute contract with franchisor and invest in franchise. Duration: 1 month

Legal Steps *

Step 1: Legal Consultation

Step 1: Legal Consultation

Meet with attorney to determine applicable visa category per investor’s eligibility and needs. Duration: ~1-week

Step 2: Contract Legal Services

Step 2: Contract Legal Services

Contract your immigration attorney and begin work on visa application. Duration: 3-4 weeks

Step 3: Review FDD

Step 3: Review FDD

Attorney to review the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and set up the legal structure. Duration: 1 month

Step 4: Petition Submission

Step 4: Petition Submission

After attorney has all necessary documentation and has completed the petition, he will submit it to USCIS** or provide you the petition for your interview at the consulate. Duration: 1 month

Visa approved and franchise operations commence

This diagram is meant to be a high level overview of the investment and legal process. It is always advised to consult with an immigration attorney.

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**United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

New Franchise

There are many important factors to consider when investing in a new franchise. By partnering with Visa Franchise, you’ll have great assistance navigating the process and learn about the best franchise opportunities suiting your objectives.  There are over 5,000 franchise brands and 795,000 locations, which can be quite overwhelming for a prospective investor. We have a system to match your skill set, desired location and investment size to secure the best franchise opportunity.

Visa Investment Pros & Cons

When making a decision to move to the U.S. through an investor visa, it is best to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of the various investment options.

  • Option 1:
    Buy Existing Business

  • Pros:

    • Business is already operational
    • Inherit customer base
    • Historical financial figures

    Cons:

    • Fraudulent financial figures
    • Very unlikely to find a successful existing business for sale

  • Option 2: Open New Independent Business

  • Pros:

    • More entrepreneurial
    • Potential for higher return

    Cons:

    • Increased investment and business risk
    • Unfamiliar market
    • Competitive market landscape

  • Option 3: Open New Franchise Business

  • Pros:

    • Support from the franchisor
    • Established business model
    • Economies of scale

    Cons:

    • Costs associated with gaining franchise rights
    • Restrictions imposed by franchisor

Existing Franchise or Business

Although not typically recommended, individuals pursuing the E-2 visa have the option to purchase an existing franchise or business in order to qualify them for the investor visa. We work with a number of reputable franchisors that occasionally have corporate or franchise units for sale. Depending on the location, franchise, and state of the business, we have had clients pursue this option in the past. However, there are usually few options available due to the fact that many business owners with successful businesses typically do not sell their businesses.

Visa Investment Pros & Cons

When making a decision to move to the U.S. through an investor visa, it is best to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of the various investment options.

  • Option 1:
    Buy Existing Business

  • Pros:

    • Business is already operational
    • Inherit customer base
    • Historical financial figures

    Cons:

    • Fraudulent financial figures
    • Very unlikely to find a successful existing business for sale

  • Option 2: Open New Independent Business

  • Pros:

    • More entrepreneurial
    • Potential for higher return

    Cons:

    • Increased investment and business risk
    • Unfamiliar market
    • Competitive market landscape

  • Option 3: Open New Franchise Business

  • Pros:

    • Support from the franchisor
    • Established business model
    • Economies of scale

    Cons:

    • Costs associated with gaining franchise rights
    • Restrictions imposed by franchisor

U.S. Franchise Industry

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+795,000 Units0%

+21 Million Jobs0%

Generates ~US$2.3 Trillion for the U.S. Economy0%

26% Unit Growth Since 20100%

Most Common Types Of Franchises

  • Quick Service Restaurants

  • Table Full Service Restaurants

  • Business Services

  • Lodging

  • Personal Services

  • Retail Food

  • Real Estate

  • Retail Services

  • Residential or Commercial Services

Franchise Investment = Lower Risk

Support From The Franchisor

Recognized Brand

Economies Of Scale

Training
Site selection
Development

Opening
Vendor relations
Marketing
Operational Support

Established Model

Easy To Scale

Franchise Business Versus Independent Business

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