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What personnel review the business plan portion of an EB-5 application?

I am considering applying for the EB-5 green card by investing through my own business. I am confident that my business idea will work, but it''s also very complex. Will a complex business plan reduce my chances of getting approved? What kind of business experience do the adjudicators have who will be looking at my EB-5 petition?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    The more succinct the business plan, the better. It has to be credible, realistic and show the requisite job creation. Use an experienced EB-5 business plan writer to create the EB-5 business plan for your business to ensure you fulfill the Matter of Ho requirements. USCIS uses very experienced specialists, including EB-5 economists, on staff who review the plans.

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    Marisa Casablanca

    Immigration Attorney
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    The more detailed the business plan the smoother the application process will be. The adjudicating officer tries to determine how "realistic" the plan is as to whether the investment will be sustained and the jobs will be created. Recently, USCIS has hired economists to adjudicate these petitions.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    The complexity of the business may affect the adjudication; however, the right legal counsel should be able to reduce your business plan to an understandable summary. The most important factor is showing the job creation; if you employ the staff prior to submission of the application (I-526), then USCIS will be less concerned with the details of the business concept, as they will see that you have already fulfilled the main requirement of the program.

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    Debbie Klis

    Securities Attorney
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    The good news is that you do not need to worry about complexity because USCIS, which is the entity that is charged with reviewing and approving projects, has hired many economists and business experts in response to the popularity of the EB-5 program. That said, it is incumbent upon you and your attorney to draft a clear business plan to relay the information in a clear and concise way. I have worked on many complex, out of the box EB-5 transactions, so we made an extra effort whilst drafting the business plan to anticipate what questions might be asked, and deliver that information in a clear manner with headings and explanations. Best of luck with your project.

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    Kyle Barella

    Immigration Attorney
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    The EB-5 adjudicators will be reviewing the entire I-526 filing package. Your business plan should be comprehensive and relevant to your investment.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    They have economists and MBAs on staff who will be looking at this. The clearer you can make the plan though, the better. You may want to use a professional business plan writer.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    A good and complex and legally sufficient business plan will help not reduce your chances of getting approved. More and more adjudicators are being hired with business experience and degrees in economics, business and related fields.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The business plan has to be detailed and show how the 10 jobs will be created. The documentation is often reviewed by economists, so the business plan must be realistic.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    The Investor Program has an economist and experienced EB-5 adjudicators review the petitions. Complicated business plans should not be an issue; however, the burden of proof is on you as the investor to show clearly that you meet the requirements of the EB-5 filing. You should keep that in mind when working on the business plan.

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