I am lost as to which visa type is best and how to go about applying for it. Spoke with two immigration attorneys for about 10mins and they wanted $10-15000 to help with the application process? That seems like an excessive amount of money. They seemed to be purposely vague and were also stating contradictory things so its left me quite confused as to what might be the best options and how to go about things.
Had started a US LLC company some 7 months back (and have a prior one, as well as one here) and I am finding that due to the difficulties being faced and the walls I am encountering that it really is coming down to needing to be in the US. Some of the issues I am encountering are the need for an SSN (bank, utilities, telephone, merchant processing etc), home address, setting up a new location to receive and process goods, hiring staff, and some others. Have tried very hard to avoid the need but it is appearing like it is inevitable and I am very close to opening doors and starting to earn.
Now the attorneys have made varying suggestions;
1-get a student visa of some sort and then work for that company or not. suggestion was that this could be fast issuance and you'd get the other requirements fulfilled eg ssn, home address, time to set up the new location and so on.
2-get a E2 visa though they didnt quite explain how that works apart for showing 'substantial investment' towards the venture or company? Said could be as low as $10000 because it also depends on the overall value/worth of the business? Apparently this does not count towards green card.
3-get a L1A visa which would appear as a company transfer or sub branch transfer? this counts towards green card though or so I was told.
4-get a H1B visa though apparently employed/hired by my own company? not sure how this would work but they were saying the US entity would be employing me? hmmm
5-get a E3 visa which apparently is specifically for Australians and very similar to the H1B above?
I'd like to point out that though a green card or the option leading to it/allowing for it IDEALLY would be nice, its not vital right now.
I primarily need to get the business off the ground and need to do it fast but dont know what are my options and how to go about them.
Appreciate your input, suggestions, guidance and thoughts
Any recommendations for suitable attorney is welcome too.