The EB5 visa initiative, a federal program making it possible for foreign citizens to get a permanent residency green card, is making the American dream come true for entrepreneurs from around the world. But the EB5 path to citizenship carries with it very specific regulations from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that require careful planning to succeed.
A Wise Business Plan™ offers steps and techniques that can take some of the guesswork out of taking part in the EB5 initiative.
Creating jobs is a key requirement of the program, so Wise helps EB5 business plan clients understand the staffing needs for their proposed business venture and ensure they can support and maintain the 10 jobs necessary for sustaining the Visa.
Wise also offers in-depth demographics research that can help newcomers understand the market environment.
According to USCIS, as part of the I-526 petition, an EB5 investor must submit a comprehensive business plan showing the need for at least 10 qualifying employees, for every $1 million invested, per applicant. Likewise, a targeted employment area (TEA), an EB5 investor must submit a comprehensive business plan showing the need for at least 10 qualifying employees for every $500K invested, per applicant.
Having a Strong Business Plan Makes the EB-5 Documentation Process Easier
Document preparation is arguably one of the most daunting parts of any business-related process, and any documents that must be supplied to the government are often a source of anxiety. The EB-5 visa and regional center process are involved and labor intensive, requiring the utmost accuracy and degree of completion in document preparation in order to gain approval.
One of the first pieces of documentation required for the process is also among the most useful: your business plan. A business plan is required for EB-5 applicants, and it is strenuously reviewed for both immigration compliance and feasibility. Unlike a run-of-the-mill business plan, an EB-5 plan must showcase a feasible economic impact, outline job creation and meet the requirements of the USCIS, as determined by an adjudicator, who will review the application and its accompanying materials.
However, in addition to meeting minimum application requirements, your business plan serves as a series of guideposts as you prepare the rest of your documentation and set out to prove the overall positive economic impact your proposal will generate.
Your plan will also serve as a roadmap to success once your application is approved, allowing you to more easily attain the goals set out by the EB-5 requirements.
Choosing the Right Kind of Plan: How a business plan tailored toward the EB-5 process can be a huge asset
Unlike an average business plan, an EB-5 business plan must comply with the requirements in Matter of Ho. Matter of Ho is a landmark EB-5 case that established rules for EB-5 projects and their business plans. The Matter of Ho precedent decision was issued in 1998 by the Administrative Appeals Office.
Many of the requirements set forth for Matter of Ho compliance are just good business, and any well-formed business plan will incorporate them. These kinds of items include a description of the company and its products and objectives, along with a detailed SWOT Analysis, a review of the competition and in-depth market profiling.
However, an EB-5 plan must realistically make the case for the proposed company’s ability to create jobs. While even a sole proprietorship can benefit from a regular business plan, to gain approval, the plan accompanying an EB-5 application absolutely must show positive projected economic impact through the creation of employment opportunities.
All Wise EB-5 Business Plans are Matter of Ho compliant, with detailed personnel planning and in-depth economic analysis.Whetheryou need an EB5 business plan for a regional center or for a direct investment project that must meet the requirements set forth in Matter of Ho, Wise can help.
The EB5 Business Plan is about ~40-50 pages in length, including color charts and graphs, and consists of the following components:
- Executive Summary
- Financial objectives
- Startup or expansion summary
- Products or Services
- Market Size
- Market Size
- Market segmentation
- Targeted demographics
- Market needs
- Marketing objectives
- Marketing strategy
- Competitive analysis
- Competitive advantages
- Keys to success
- SWOT analysis
- Barriers to entry
- Qualifying investor contribution
- Use & allocation of funds
- Job creation and hiring timetable
- Detailed job descriptions
5 year proforma financial projection include:
- Personnel forecast
- Revenue forecast
- Break-even analysis
- Income statement
- Cash flow statement
- Balance sheet
- Sensitivity analysis
- Financial indicators
- Financial assumptions
Every plan includes professional service:
Document written in Microsoft Word, financials built custom in Microsoft Excel, and plan created in professional graphic programs by skilled designers.
PowerPoint Presentation (Optional):