For entrepreneurs who want to start a small business in the U.S., an E-2 Investor Trader visa may be an option. For some, finding the perfect investment opportunity in the U.S. is difficult while living in a different country.
The B-1 Visitors for Business visa may be the solution. B-1 visa holders are allowed under both the old CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspector’s Field Manual and U.S. Department of State policy expressed in the Foreign Affairs Manual 9 FAM 402.2-5(C)(7) (U) to come to the U.S. to seek and/or establish investments that may later support eligibility for an investor visa under the E-2 category.
B-1 visa holders will remain admissible during the normal course of business, negotiation of business contracts, and overall start-up operations. A business visitor, however, is precluded from engaging in local employment. For example, it is important to distinguish the difference between attending a Board of Director meeting versus running the meeting. Utilizing the B-1
Visitors for Business Visa will allow you to reach the start-up ready phase to meet the
requirements of the E-2 Investor Trader Visa, then adjust your status in the U.S.