As i mentioned in my previous post, i had a US visa application going, which didn’t go so well. It was an E-2 investors visa application, which is considered to be the closest type of visa you can get to the infamous “Startup Visa“. It allows citizens of specific countries to get a visa to buildup and grow their companies as long as they provide working positions to US citizens.
The investment amount required is relatively small, $200,000 and can be in the form of cash, merchandize or other type of assets including intellectual property. My application met all typical requirements and was carefully and methodically crafted with the help of an experienced lawyer, one that was referenced to me by a fellow entrepreneur from France who run exactly the same application with more or less the same specs as mine. In the pass of time i also got to know more entrepreneurs who used this type of visa with no problems at all.
Well that was not my case… The US consulate in Sweden, where i applied to since i am also a Swedish citizen, took its time to reply, and through a series of cascading delays a decision that was supposed to be issued on November 2011, finally landed in my hands on March 2012. Official reason was that the investment was marginal and not able to employ US citizens. A reason that as i have already stated was not a problem for my fellow entrepreneurs, and all of you startupers know, stands to no reason.
I had such a long waiting period, that all my energy and momentum was drained. A man with no face, trapped, with no freedom to move or express, waiting for a (seemingly at the time) life-scale type of decision to be made for him. Well i don’t have to bump my head in the wall any more with this issue, i can now move on.
In the few days that have passed since i received the letter i am feeling better every day, now i know where i stand and gathering, reflecting on my past voyage. For me there is only one place to be if you are venturing on the internet technology industry.
Now with, finally, peace of mind i am slowly planning and preparing for my next steps.