Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based business consulting firm, was recently a platinum sponsor of the Forty-First Annual Immigration Law Update Conference hosted by the South Florida Chapter of AILA. The two-day, multi-track conference was held in Miami Beach from February 26-28, and 2020 marks the ninth year in a row that Visa Business Plans has been a sponsor. This year's event featured experts providing specialized guidance on a wide range of topics in immigration law and discussing best practices for operating in the current environment.
The founder of Visa Business Plans, Marco Scanu, gave two presentations to attending attorneys, calling attention to some of the realities currently facing individuals seeking visa approval. Mr. Scanu highlighted several ways the landscape of U.S. immigration has shifted under the Trump administration. Specifically, under current immigration law, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has become much tougher on visa applicants.
Mr. Scanu pointed out that this can be seen in USCIS's shift from a general to a more detail-oriented scrutiny when reviewing visa applications. He went on to note that, as a result of this, the percentage of denied E-petitions for foreign investors has grown from around 8% to 10%, an increase of 25%. Similarly, this same period has seen the percentage of denied L-petitions grow from 15% to 28%. Additionally, Mr. Scanu shared with attorneys how minor inconsistencies in an immigration business plan can lead to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and potential denials.
AILA South Florida is the regional chapter of the national association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.
Marco Scanu is the founder of Visa Business Plans, a consulting company that specializes in creating customized business plans for business and investor visas. With more than 5,000 business plans written, Mr. Scanu and Visa Business Plans are pioneers in the niche market of immigration business plan writing.
Visa Business Plans sponsored 41st Annual Immigration Law
Update Conference for 9 years in a row.