Expanding or Establishing your Business in the United States: The Business Plan

Is a Business Plan Important?

US Business Investment Visa

Yes. When applying for a business investment visa (EB5, E-1 or E-2), expanding or starting a business in the United States through an L-1 visa a business plan can be critical. This is especially the case with smaller businesses that have lower revenues or lower numbers of employees. New businesses are also entities for which both USCIS and Consular Officers expect a detailed business plan laying out the growth strategy of the firm in the United States.

Major Multinational Firms and Business Plans

Our immigration law firm is privileged to represent some major multi-national firms with extensive business operations in the United States. While providing a business plan can never hurt and application business plans are for less critical for this type of client.

Business Plan is Your Opportunity

Officials responsible for training consular officers who review E visa applications have told us that the business plans are critical.

The business plan is your opportunity to explain your business concept to the immigration authorities who will make a decision on your visa case. We believe part of our success rate with L, EB5, E and other business visas is, in part, attributable to the time and focus we spend working with clients understanding their business and formulating their business plans.

Case Illustrations:

Attention to Detail

One case our firm handled involved an investment visa. Another law firm had already filed an unsuccessful application for the visa. Comments from the consulate suggested that the business plan filed by the other law firm was not credible and was not reflective of the business described in the rest of the documentation, we believe that the law firm involved had not taken the time to get to know the client’s business and were, therefore, ill equipped to represent it. Our client agreed.

“You must ensure that every sentence of your business plan meets not only the legal requirements for your current visa applications but properly considers and reflects your future immigration strategy.”

Long-Term Strategy

Our client had applied for an L-1 visa and filed a business plan with another firm. The business plan did not however allow for certain key elements of long-term growth and contained material that actually illustrated that the client did not meet certain immigration requirements of the law. When the client later applied for an EB-5 visa he was denied owing to errors in the business plan. The client then tried to apply for a “green card” based on his status as an “international manager” using the provisions of EB1C3 and was again denied.

If I Already Have a Business Plan, Can I Use it?

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We believe that it is impossible to properly represent a business immigration client without thoroughly understanding their business. For this reason we insist our immigration lawyers have substantial business experience in addition to their legal practice work.

Why are Business Plans Poorly Received in Immigration Cases?

Based on the review of unsuccessful visa applications prepared by other firms we believe the following have proved fatal in immigration business plans in the past:

Plans that do not consider future as well as current immigration strategy.
Plans where every sentence has not been reviewed by an experienced immigration lawyer to ensure it conforms with applicable immigration laws and regulations.
Plans that have business inconsistencies or unrealistic assumptions.
Failure of the business plan to properly reflect the client’s strategy as reflected in a consular interview or other documentation.
Inconsistencies between the financial model in the business plan, the rest of the documentation and the immigration regulations.
In one case we reviewed an immigration lawyer missed a critical issue that would have been obvious had they bothered to visit the client’s business location.

In response to frustration with poorly prepared business plans our firm adopted a unique approach to the preparation of immigration business plans for our clients.

How is Davies & Associate’s Approach to Assisting with Your Immigration Business Plans Different?

Most law firms do not become substantively involved with the preparation of business plans and do not have experienced immigration lawyers with substantial business plan training and experience to do so. We believe that to represent you properly it is essential for us to thoroughly know your business and ensure not only that every sentence of the business plan is geared to evidencing your case but that the entire plan as a whole paints a picture of a business that is consistent with applicable immigration laws and regulations.

What is the Three Stage Review Process?

We employ a three step review process for the production of immigration business plans:

1. Your Input, Our Research

Our business plans are drafted by an experienced immigration business plan analyst and immigration lawyer based on:

  1. Information provided by our clients through our business plan questionnaire;
  2. Our direct observation of your business, often obtained by visiting your business;
  3. Our listening to your explanation of your business;
  4. Data received from various commercial intelligence sources our business plan team subscribe to;
  5. Our knowledge of the US markets;
  6. Analysis of the applicable immigration law and regulations;
  7. Any preferences we are aware of at the consulate to which you will be applying.

2. Experienced Immigration Business Plan Analyst

While it is important to remember that the business plan will always remain your presentation of your own business our experienced team of immigration business analysts and lawyers are ready to assist. An experienced immigration business plan analyst will collate all of the materials we receive on your business and the research we conduct and consolidate it into a draft business plan within two weeks.

3. Experienced Immigration Lawyer

An experienced immigration lawyer will work with you and the immigration business plan analyst assigned to your case to refine and finalize the plan so that, in or opinion, it is the very best immigration presentation of your business possible.

What is the Process for Producing a Business Plan at Davies & Associates?

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Why do Davies & Associates Visit their Client’s Businesses?

Obtaining a business visa for you and establishing a business in the United States demands that we properly and accurately represent your business and your business goals to the United States Government. We believe it is impossible for any immigration lawyer to competently do that without getting to know you business and, ideally, visiting it.

In addition our firm seeks to be your long-term partner to success and actively seeks to fully and completely understand your business so we can assist you meet your business goals.

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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
2 months ago

"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
4 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
5 months ago

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
8 months ago

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

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