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How can I start a business in the U.S. as soon as possible?

I''m a businessman from Sri Lanka, and I have investors in Los Angeles and we want to start a business based in LA. Can I move to California with a B-1 visa and start a business or what visa type can I apply for to move to the U.S. as fast as possible?

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    Mark AM Catam, Esq

    Immigration Attorney
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    The E-2 visa might be the quickest solution. Reach out to an expert investor visa immigration attorney.

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    H Glenn Fogle Jr

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can come to the U.S. on a B-1/B-2 visa and start a business if you can get a visa or already have a visa. Also, if you have investors in California, they can start the business for you and, as long as you own half of the business, you can get an E-2 visa to come here and run the business.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    A visitor visa would permit business start-up activities, but you cannot work for that business without proper status. An E-2 visa embassy visa processing backlog/being open at all because global pandemic notwithstanding would be one of the fastest ways to get working in the U.S.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can set up a company on a B-1, but you cannot work on a B-1, so you should apply for an E-2 as soon as possible, and make sure that you factor in the possibility of an EB-5, if it meets the EB-5 job and investment threshold.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You may want to do an E-2 to get things going and then decide later if you want to convert to a green card through EB-5.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your available options are E-2, L-1 and EB-5 visas. The EB-5 may not be the best choice because of its lengthy process. Each visa has its own requirements. You should consult an experienced attorney about the best option.