241 Canadians used an E-2 Visa to enter the United States and start a business in 2016 according to a March 2017 report from the State Department. Canadians area able to apply for E-2 Visas due to an existing trade treaty dating back to 1993. There are over a million Americans with some Canadian heritage. Many Canadians, known as "snowbirds", flock to areas such as Arizona, south Florida, southern California, and so on for warmer weather during the brutal Canadian winters.
The March 2017 report from the State Department cited 322 accepted E-2 Visas in the year prior, making Germany one of the leading origins of E-2 Visas. German citizens are able to apply for an E-2 Visa as the U.S. and Germany have an established trade treaty dating back to 1956.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a sub-department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, defines a E-2 Visa as a means for a "a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business."
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, lists the E-2 Visa as a way for a "a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business."
E-2 Visas are often a streamlined method of gaining access to the United States and it's enormous economy. If you attain a E-2 Visa, you are able to start a business in the United States. Moreover, an E-2 also allows a Visa holder to bring their family with them, and perhaps other friends and family members as employees of the business.
E-2 Visas and franchise are often used in tandem. A part of the E-2 Visa process requires the applicant to show a business plan that is sound and will produce jobs for American workers. Franchises are known for their solidity and franchises in the service industry often necessitate hiring American workers. Meaning, it is often perceived that working with a franchise may make the E-2 Visa process easier for the applicant.
Brazilians have an obstacle in obtaining an E-2 Visa. To get an E-2 Visa, a Brazilian nationals needs to also have citizenship from a country that has an ongoing trade treaty with the United States. Brazil does not have such a treaty. As such, a Brazilian with hopes for an E-2 Visa must be a person who also has citizenship with a country that has a trade treaty. A list of said countries can be found HERE.
As of 2012, the United States Census Bureau estimated approximately three hundred and seventy thousand Americans of Brazilian descent. There are communities with significant numbers of Brazilian Americans. As a state, Florida, and more specifically south Florida, has a high number of Brazilians who live in America. According to the website ePodunk, North Bay Village, FL has the highest percentage of Brazilian-Americans in any American city at 6%. Moreover, information website City-Data reports that there are multiple cities in the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale area with significant numbers of peoples born in Brazil and speaking Portuguese. There are also significant populations in the Boston metropolitan area, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago.
The great news is that You've Got Maids has franchise opportunities in all of these areas. If you are a Brazilian with dual citizenship in a trade treaty nation and interested in pursuing an E-2 Visa along with a franchise opportunity, then please reach out to us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Click the link below, and you'll be able to fill out a form to get you in contact with one of our franchise advisors.