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These Franchisees Got Their E-2 Visa through Caring Transitions Franchise

The Ogorzolkas are a prime example of how international entrepreneurs can leverage the affordable business model and in-depth support of the senior relocation and downsizing franchise to achieve the American dream.

By Luca Piacentini1851 Franchise Managing Editor
SPONSOREDUpdated 1:13PM 12/11/23

Rebecca and Andre Ogorzolka are an entrepreneurial couple who recently made the big move from Germany to North Carolina, bringing with them a deep desire to make a difference in their community. But, with hopes to receive an E-2 Visa, the duo knew they needed to find the right business opportunity in order to achieve their dream. When they discovered Caring Transitions, the industry-leading franchise with over 300 locations that caters to older adults and their families by offering comprehensive downsizing, estate sales and relocation solutions, all the stars aligned.

Coming to America with an E-2 Visa

From day one, Caring Transitions has aimed to foster a truly diverse community of franchise owners — the brand’s network is a cultural mixing pot of different nationalities, races and age groups. A big part of that is due to the brand’s focus on helping entrepreneurs like the Ogorzolkas secure E-2 Visas. 

Rebecca and Andre have been married since 2009 and are currently the parents of two school-age daughters. Back in Germany, the duo ran their own high-voltage installation business. 

“It was always our plan to operate a second business abroad, and we wanted to move to the U.S. for education purposes for the kids,” said Rebecca. “Franchising wasn’t on our radar until friends introduced us to the world of franchising through brokers."

With this mission, the couple knew applying for an E-2 Visa could be a great option. A favorite of many franchisees, the visa allows individuals from a treaty country with adequate capital to come to the U.S. and invest in U.S.-based businesses.

Why Caring Transitions Was the Right Franchise

The Ogorzolkas looked at several franchise concepts, but nothing stood out quite like Caring Transitions. Additionally, it aligned very well with the E-2 Visa requirements. 

“The investment required for Caring Transitions matched perfectly with what we needed to showcase for our Visa application,” said Rebecca. “But beyond the financial aspect, the company’s mission resonated with us. We wanted our business abroad to be more than just a money-making venture — we wanted to make an impact and help people.”

Caring Transitions was created to help those dealing with the evolving needs of elderly loved ones, founded on the belief that the most successful life transitions happen when care and compassion are involved. The Caring Transitions service helps seniors and families organize personal property and manage the moving process during stressful life events, with the goal of assisting them in regaining control, personal time and peace of mind. 

For the Ogorzolkas, the Caring Transitions franchise also stood out due to its versatility. Franchise owners offer on-site and online liquidation/estate sales through the company’s proprietary platform, CTBIDS, relocation/re-settling services, declutter and downsizing services, and residential clean-out services.  

“They offer such a variety of services — it’s not just about moving or downsizing,” said Rebecca. “We were also very interested in the online auction side. It really seemed like a natural fit.” 

For the Ogorzolkas, the nationwide network that Caring Transitions boasts was also an invaluable asset, especially as newcomers to the country. "Having a territory neighbor right around the corner, we felt supported in establishing ourselves here,” said Rebecca. ”There are strong partners around us that can help us grow the business.”

Looking to the Future with Caring Transitions

The transition to the U.S., which took place this past summer, was smoother than they'd anticipated, Rebecca says. 

“The Visa process isn’t something that you can do fast, you have to take your time,” she said. “From the start of the application until it was finished, it took almost half a year. But the Caring Transitions team was incredibly supportive every step of the way. Whenever we needed some documentation or support, they were always there for us. We couldn’t have wished for better.”

With the Visa being granted for five years, the Ogorzolkas’ long-term plan is to apply to renew and grow their Caring Transitions business in Cary, North Carolina for the foreseeable future.

For other E-2 Visa applicants and immigrant entrepreneurs, Rebecca has a word of advice: “Take your time and be prepared. Engage with professionals and talk to other franchisees before making a decision. That’s what helped us choose Caring Transitions.”

Caring Transitions’ President Ray Fabik says the team is thrilled to welcome Rebecca and Andre into the franchise family. “We are proud of the wide range of owners we have coming into our system,” he said. “We’ve had several franchisees from outside of the U.S. using Caring Transitions ownership for an E-2 Visa to establish a new life in this country. People like the Ogorzolkas, who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities, are what make Caring Transitions special."

Start-up costs range from $58,912–$84,612, and franchisees have the opportunity to earn back their $44,900 franchise fee through its Winner’s Circle program by hitting a variety of key benchmarks.

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