We write business plans for U.S. and Canadian immigration, and assist entrepreneurs in growth and capital raising.


Can you buy a holiday home and get an E-2 visa?

Who doesn’t dream of owning a property in Miami Beach or in any of the U.S. coastal areas? And if owning one would allow a treaty investor pursue an E-2 visa in the U.S., the idea sounds even more appealing.

Many investors wonder if this solution would work for their E-2 visa petitions. As a matter of fact, this is one of the top 3 questions foreign investors ask us at Visa Business Plans.

You’re not alone in wanting to know.

Unfortunately, it’s mission impossible to purchase 1 holiday home and get an E-2 visa approval. However, you may still get it by making a rental holiday home part of a LARGER real estate operation.

We have served thousands of real estate investors pursuing E-2 visas. Past successful cases in real estate include:

  • Real estate flipping

  • Property management (both short and long term)

  • Real estate development

  • Project management

  • Real estate wholesaling

  • Real estate maintenance

  • Managing real estate investment funds

  • Assisting foreign investors identify and invest in real estate

  • Commercial real estate

We would love to tell you how easy it is to get an E-2 approved as a real estate investor. However, E-2 real estate cases can be tricky. There are no hard and fast rules. Each real estate model has its own complexities, pros, and cons. Furthermore, there may be licenses involved with requirements varying by state. Additionally, some markets offer more opportunities than others, and conditions may contribute -or not- to a quick expansion. All of these factors must be taken into account when developing a winning strategy.

To raise your chances of success, make sure to consult with an immigration attorney who has successfully handled similar cases in the real estate sector. We at Visa Business Plans have a ton of experience identifying red flags in your real estate model that may be challenged by the government. We go beyond writing business plan: we provide creative solutions to complex business situations. Upon defining a strategy and a clear direction, our team will create a solid, credible, and realistic business plan to support your E-2 petition and help your attorney win the case.

If you are seeking to submit an E-2 visa petition, call us. Our team’s result-oriented approach will identify risks and consult on the best ways to overcome them as part of our business planning services.

Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in 4 different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of immigration and SBA loans.