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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

TIME TO PURSUE A BUSINESS INVESTMENT VISA?

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I am continuing to hear from many of you asking what to do if you lose your job. I've written an extensive article on the topic that can be found at http://www.visalaw.com/08oct2/2oct208.html. The article focuses mostly on how to stay legal and how employers can make sure they don't unnecessarily harm their workers.

There is one option I don't discuss in the article and it's near and dear to my heart. I founded my law firm 15 years ago when I was worried about my job security at a large law firm. But this lack of security was actually a blessing since it led me to take the plunge and start up my own business. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I have loved being my own boss and found that being an entrepreneur is really fulfilling.

Not everyone is cut out for running their own business and many of you won't have the financial means to go this route. But if running your own business is something you've wanted to explore, there are a number of immigration options available.

Some think you need to invest $1,000,000 to qualify. But that is often not the case. Many people can qualify for a fraction of that amount - perhaps in the $100,000 to $200,000 range if they pursue an E-2 non-immigrant visa. And while the EB-5 green card sometimes requires a minimum investment of $1,000,000, you can sometimes invest in a targeted employment area with a high unemployment rate or in a non-metro area and cut the requirement to $500,000.



I'm going to be giving a seminar at the International Franchise Expo in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2 pm. You can get free tickets to the seminar as well as the entire Expo by going here. The event is one of the largest franchise expos in the world so if you're looking at going this route to starting your business, this is a great event to attend.

Below you'll find my slides from next Saturday's event. I'm also going to be sharing the panel with John Reynolds from the International Franchise Association and business broker Stephen J. Wain. I hope to see you there.


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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    There is also an option of returning to school but business visa seems to be attractive if you have enough money.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    For all those folks who dont think that H1-B jobs wont follow employees abroad, think again..it is happening in Australia..

    http://business.smh.com.au/business/anz-slashes-jobs-20090313-8ww1.html
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