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Debunking Misconceptions About EB-2/NIW Business Plans

Navigating the world of immigration can be challenging, especially when it comes to the EB-2/NIW (Employment-Based Second Preference/ National Interest Waiver) category.

As experienced NIW business plan and personal endeavor plan professionals, we have encountered several misconceptions that clients often have regarding the EB-2/NIW business plan.

In this blog, we aim to debunk some of these misconceptions and shed light on the realities of crafting a strong EB-2/NIW business plan.

Misconception: The government doesn't care if the petitioner has the financial resources to develop the proposed endeavor.

  • Reality: One of the common misconceptions is that the government does not scrutinize the initial financial viability aspect of the proposed endeavor. However, the truth is that the petitioner must document their financial support. For example, if you plan to open an Assisted Living Facility, you have to show how the start-up costs will be covered.

  • While the government may not require proof of funds upfront, they assess the business plan's economic viability and job creation potential. A solid business plan should demonstrate a realistic financial foundation, including investment sources, revenue projections, and operational budgets.

Misconception: The proposed endeavor can be unrelated to the beneficiary's background.

  • Reality: The EB-2/NIW category is intended for individuals with exceptional abilities or advanced degrees who can substantially contribute to the national interest of the United States. The proposed endeavor should align with the beneficiary’s background, skills and experience. A well-crafted EB-2/NIW business plan showcases how the beneficiary's unique abilities and record of success in similar efforts will be applied in the proposed endeavor, highlighting the potential impact on the national interest.


Misconception: A tax contribution is sufficient to prove national importance.

  • Reality: Contrary to popular belief, a tax contribution alone is not sufficient to establish national importance under the EB-2/NIW category. While tax contributions are important for the overall economy, the national interest requirement goes beyond this type of contribution. To qualify, the business plan must articulate how the proposed endeavor will serve the national interest in areas such as economic growth, job creation, innovation, healthcare, education, or other critical sectors. It should demonstrate how the beneficiary's skills and the proposed endeavor align with the broader goals of the United States. All companies pay taxes, yet this does not mean that they are of national importance to the U.S.

As experts in the field of business immigration planning, we have witnessed how various misconceptions surrounding EB-2/NIW business plans have derailed NIW petitions. Understanding the reality behind these misconceptions is crucial for a successful EB-2/NIW application. The government does indeed assess that the proposed endeavor has adequate financial support, emphasizes a connection between the proposed endeavor and the beneficiary's abilities, and requires more than a tax contribution to establish national importance.

By addressing these misconceptions head-on and crafting a comprehensive, well-documented business plan, applicants can present a compelling case that aligns with the EB-2/NIW requirements. Consult with Visa Business Plans today to increase the chances of success in the EB-2/NIW process.


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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 four 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, SBA loans, and others.