I am applying for a student visa to take French classes and then (hopefully) enter a 1 year Masters program in Paris. My husband and I co-own a business together here in the US, and the required part of my monthly income will be coming from that business. Because it's still fairly new and until recently I was also running a nonprofit that paid me a salary, I have not taken a salary or a draw from it before. I plan to continue supporting the business around 30 hours per month.
- Are there any legal issues with working remotely like this for a business you own? It's a small manufacturing business, and I'll be working on strategy, overseeing marketing, writing quotes, doing the monthly reconciliation, etc--the parts that can be done a continent away.
- Is it better to call this an "owners draw" or perhaps a "monthly owners dividend" rather than a salary on the visa application?
- If they want historic proof of this salary, the bank account won't show it because it's new. Since I'm a co-owner and can't request an official letter from my "manager"...can I just write a letter for myself stating that that's what I'll be getting? Perhaps on the official letterhead I created a while back? ;)
If I didn't need to show that I could support myself, I would probably just keep it on the down-low for the application to not over-complicate things. But as it is...
Thanks so much for any help or insights that you can provide! I'm feeling very stumped at the moment.