What Is a Franchise?

A franchise is an arrangement where an organization (Franchisor) owns the rights to a particular brand and sells licenses of that brand to others (Franchisee). The arrangement allows for the brand to be set up as stores or distribution channels around the country and the Franchisor usually exerts a fair amount of influence and control over the franchisee. Many household names are franchises including Subway, 7 Eleven, Pizza Hut, KFC and of course McDonald’s.

Franchise Business Model

The franchise business is a popular business model in both the United States and abroad and includes franchise industry giants such as McDonald’s and KFC as well as numerous other franchises that operate on a much smaller scale. The basics of the franchise business model exist when a franchise or license is made available by a company (the franchisor) to a third party (the franchisee), and the franchisee, in turn, will own an individual franchise location while utilizing the business know-how, brand and products that belong to the franchisor. The franchisee then agrees to meet certain obligations and pay franchise fees to the franchisor. While virtually no business operates without risk, the franchise business is able to minimize risk by taking advantage of the franchisor’s business resources and established operating model.

One excellent E-2 visa option is to buy a franchise license or an existing franchise.

Advantages of Using a Franchise for an E-2 Visa

How The L-1A/EB-1C Can Work For Franchise Businesses

Many businessmen own and operate successful businesses abroad, and many of these are interested in starting a business in the United States after learning about the L-1A/EB-1C immigration option. However, while starting any type of business inherently involves a significant amount of risk, the risks and complications that face foreign nationals hoping to start a business in the United States are multiplied if they are unfamiliar with United States business practices.

For foreign nationals interested in starting a business in the United States but who are unsure of what type of business to establish or who are hesitant about running a business outside of their home countries, a franchise business presents a viable option where the foreign investor can rely on the franchisor’s business model, brand, and products to increase the likelihood of success. The Foreign investor- acting as both a franchisee and executive - will own and have equity in the franchise business but can often rely on the franchisor to assist with operating the business, including hiring a franchise store manager. This type of arrangement then allows the foreign national to invest in and own multiple franchises, and ideally multiple franchises will lead to increased financial returns for the foreign national. Even though the foreign national is not required to work in the actual franchise store day-to-day, the foreign national will be working day-to-day on the overall franchise business by making executive-level strategic and growth decisions in furtherance of developing multiple franchises.

In relation to the L-1A/EB-1C, there are many different ways that the franchise business can be structured that are practicable. But in order to build up a strong case and maximize the L-1A/EB-1C petition’s likelihood of success, the ideal Foreign investor candidate will own a foreign company (minimum 51 percent controlling interest) and act as that foreign company’s senior executive. The foreign company must also be operating successfully with a substantial number of employees and an established management structure to justify the foreign national’s role as a senior executive. With these items in place, this same foreign investor can then invest in franchise businesses in the United States and act as the senior executive in charge of the overall franchise business.

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