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Case Study: Diversifying Success - Navigating E-2 Visa Approval for a Multi-Business Entrepreneur

Case Study: Diversifying Success - Navigating E-2 Visa Approval for a Multi-Business Entrepreneur

Client Background:

Our client, a dynamic and ambitious entrepreneur, sought to secure an E-2 visa to pursue various business ventures in the United States. Unlike the typical E-2 visa application scenario, where individuals usually focus on a single company, our client had a portfolio of businesses spanning different sectors. This presented a unique challenge but also an opportunity for an innovative approach.


The primary challenge lies in the client's diverse business portfolio. Typically, E-2 visa applications are centered around a single company, showcasing its viability and the applicant's substantial investment. With multiple businesses in play, each with its own dynamics and operations, it was crucial to find a cohesive and compelling strategy that would satisfy E-2 visa requirements.

Our Approach:

Recognizing the need for a strategic and unified approach, we proposed to the immigration attorney handling the case a solution that involved structuring all of the client's businesses under a single holding company. This umbrella structure provided a cohesive framework that could effectively meet the E-2 visa criteria.

A holding company is a business entity whose primary purpose is to own and control other companies, typically known as subsidiaries. Unlike operating companies that engage in day-to-day business activities, a holding company's main function is strategic. It holds the ownership interests, such as stocks or assets, of its subsidiaries, exercising influence and control over their management and operations. The holding company itself may not produce goods or services; instead, it generates income through dividends, interest, and perhaps management fees from its subsidiaries. This structure allows for centralized management, efficient allocation of resources, and strategic decision-making across a diversified portfolio of businesses. Holding companies often provide a level of legal and financial separation between the subsidiaries, limiting the overall risk to the entire corporate structure.

Key Steps:

• Comprehensive Business Analysis:

We conducted an in-depth analysis of each business within the client's portfolio. This involved understanding their individual operations, financials, and potential for growth.

• Creation of Holding Company:

To streamline the E-2 visa application, the immigration attorney recommended the establishment of a holding company that would act as the E-2 entity for all the client's businesses. This approach allowed for centralized control and management.

• Investment Alignment:

We ensured that the investment made by the client across the various businesses aligned with the E-2 visa requirements. This involved meticulous documentation of the capital injected into each subsidiary business.

• Business Integration Strategy:

To showcase the cohesion of the diversified portfolio, we crafted a business integration strategy. This involved highlighting how the synergies between the businesses under the holding company contributed to overall success.

• Detailed Business Plan:

A master business plan for the holding company was meticulously crafted. This plan detailed the structure, governance, and strategic direction of the holding company, emphasizing how it served as the backbone for the entire business portfolio.

Individualized and comprehensive narratives were developed for each subsidiary, outlining their operations, financial projections, and the role they played within the overarching business ecosystem.

Our strategic approach resulted in a successful E-2 visa approval for our client. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acknowledged the innovative structure of the application, highlighting the well-documented integration of the diverse businesses under the holding company.

Key Takeaways:

• Adaptability in Visa Strategies:

This case underscores the importance of adapting visa strategies to fit the unique circumstances of each client. In situations where multiple businesses are involved, a tailored approach is crucial for success.

• Cohesive Business Framework:

Establishing a holding company provided a unified framework that not only met E-2 visa criteria but also demonstrated the client's ability to manage and control a diversified portfolio effectively.

• Thorough Documentation:

Meticulous documentation of each business's financials, operations, and investment details played a pivotal role in presenting a compelling case to USCIS.

• Innovation in Business Integration:

Crafting a strategy that showcased how the various businesses complemented each other was essential. This highlighted the innovative thinking behind the client's approach and contributed to the overall success of the application.

In navigating the complexities of an E-2 visa application for a client with multiple businesses, our adaptive and strategic approach proved instrumental. The successful outcome not only secured our client's visa but also showcased the importance of business-oriented thinking in immigration strategies. This case serves as a testament to our commitment to tailored solutions that align with the unique goals and circumstances of each client.

The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.

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.

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