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Innovative Investment: How We Secured an E-2 Visa with a Combination of Cash and Equipment

Innovative Investment: How We Secured an E-2 Visa with a Combination of Cash and Equipment

In the realm of visa acquisition, creativity can be the key to success. Recently, we had the privilege of assisting a client and his immigration attorney in securing an E-2 visa through an innovative investment strategy. This unique case involved a combination of $100,000 in cash and equipment brought from overseas—a tactic supported by the guidelines outlined in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM). The FAM specifies that the value of goods or equipment transferred to the United States, such as factory machinery, may be considered an investment. This creative approach enabled our client to increase their investment without the need for additional cash, paving the way for a successful visa application.

Client Background

Our client, a budding restaurant entrepreneur from abroad, had ambitious plans to establish a business venture in the United States. Armed with a vision and determination, they sought to capitalize on the opportunities available in the American market. However, navigating the complexities of the visa application process posed a significant challenge, especially considering the financial constraints involved.


One of the primary hurdles our client faced was meeting the required investment threshold for the E-2 visa. While they had a solid business plan and a promising concept, they lacked the substantial cash investment typically necessary to qualify for the visa. Recognizing this limitation, we needed to devise a creative solution that would enable our client to fulfill the investment requirement without solely relying on cash reserves.


Drawing upon our expertise in immigration law and business planning, we explored alternative investment options that would align with the E-2 visa regulations. Leveraging the guidance provided in the Foreign Affairs Manual, and in tandem with the immigration attorney handling the case, we identified the possibility of including the value of equipment transferred to the United States as part of the investment. This presented a unique opportunity for our client to bolster their investment portfolio without solely relying on cash reserves.

In collaboration with our client, we meticulously crafted a comprehensive business plan that showcased not only their financial commitment but also the strategic utilization of equipment brought from overseas. This included outlining the value of the equipment, its contribution to the business operations, and the potential for generating revenue.


With this innovative investment strategy and compelling business plan in hand, the immigration attorney successfully submitted the client’s E-2 visa application. Despite the initial concerns regarding meeting the investment threshold, the clarity and creativity of the aforementioned approach played a pivotal role in securing approval for the visa. Our client was granted the E-2 visa, enabling them to realize their dream of establishing a business presence in the United States.


This case serves as a testament to the power of innovation and strategic planning in navigating the complexities of the visa application process. By thinking outside the box and leveraging the guidelines provided in the Foreign Affairs Manual, we were able to devise a creative solution that enabled our client to fulfill the investment requirements for the E-2 visa. As businesses continue to explore opportunities for expansion into the United States, it is essential to partner with experienced professionals who can provide tailored solutions and navigate regulatory challenges effectively. At Visa Business Plans, we are committed to empowering our clients to achieve their immigration goals through innovative strategies and expert guidance.

The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.

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 four 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 U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.

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