If you’re ready to begin creating your immigration business plan, congratulations! This means you’ve decided to pursue your immigration goals in the U.S. However, there’s another essential question you still have to answer: who will you hire to write your immigration business plan?
Below, we share two scenarios that we have come across during our years of experience in business consulting. Review the following situations to avoid common mistakes when hiring an immigration business plan writer!
Scenario One – The Shakespeare:
Feeling confident that your venture will speak for itself, you hire a writer with little to no business experience to craft your immigration business plan.
Even if your writer is William Shakespeare himself, the bottom line is that business plans must make business sense. As it turns out, this is easier said than done. When a writer with no business experience generates a plan for immigration purposes based solely on client input, an adjudication officer can tell. A qualified immigration business plan writer must have the business experience to identify when aspects of the client’s venture are illogical, unrealistic, financially unsound, incongruent with peer industry operators, or unaligned with standard business practices. Inconsistencies often occur in plans written by writers without an understanding of business realities, which can lead to nasty RFEs, or even worse, upfront visa denials.
Scenario Two – The MBA Whiz:
Anxious to steer clear of the mistake highlighted above, you hire an MBA to write your business plan.
What’s the problem?
Immigration business plans are unique and differ significantly from other business plans. While an MBA may have the professional expertise to develop a business plan for a bank to review, immigration business plans steer away from complex financial models and favor narratives written explicitly for an immigration officer to read. In other words, what a bank looks for in a business plan is entirely different from what an adjudicator looks for! Since common business principles often clash with immigration guidelines, the writer you choose must have the training to know which information will strengthen your petition and which will count as a strike against it. Therefore, immigration business plans must be written by someone who can walk the fine line between business realities and immigration expectations.
With a mindset geared toward identifying the most effective way to achieve client goals, Visa Business Plans is uniquely positioned to help! As business consultants with 12+ years of experience writing immigration business plans and establishing and growing successful startups, we have learned what works and what doesn’t pass muster with adjudication and CBP officers. Our result-focused business plans are constructed using our proprietary process that identifies 77 reasons a visa can be denied. Rather than simply providing writing services, our team is devoted to achieving success for all of our clients.
Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in 4 different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.
Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and high-growth enterprises.
At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration and SBA loans.