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What is Marginality in the Context of the E-2 Visa?

The E-2 visa is a highly sought-after option for foreign investors and entrepreneurs looking to establish or acquire a business in the United States. This non-immigrant visa allows individuals from treaty countries to live and work in the U.S. based on their substantial investment in a U.S. enterprise. One critical aspect of the E-2 visa application process is demonstrating that a business is not marginal. In this blog post, we will explore what marginality means in the context of the E-2 visa and why it is essential that your business plan writer takes this principle into consideration when crafting your immigration project.

Understanding Marginality

Marginality, in the context of the E-2 visa, refers to a business that does not have the present or future capacity to generate enough income to provide more than a minimal living for the treaty investor and their family.

In other words, your business must generate sufficient income to cover your living expenses in the United States. This includes housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and other day-to-day costs associated with living in the country. Beyond covering your personal expenses, your business should have the financial capacity to cover its operational costs. This includes rent or lease payments, employee salaries, utilities, inventory, marketing, and other business-related expenditures. Perhaps the most crucial aspect to avoid being labeled marginal is that your business should generate a profit. It should not merely break even or operate at a loss. A profitable business is not only more likely to succeed in the long run but also demonstrates your commitment to growing the U.S. economy.

In summary, the business you plan to invest in or create must not only generate enough income to support you and your family but also be economically viable beyond meeting your personal expenses. Therefore, your business should be profitable, self-sustaining, and capable of contributing to the U.S. economy for it not to be considered marginal.

However, a business that does not have the capacity to generate such income but does have a present or future capacity to make a significant economic contribution is not considered a marginal enterprise.

Importance of Demonstrating that Your Business is Not Marginal

  • U.S. immigration authorities need to be confident that your investment will create a tangible economic benefit for the country and is not just a means to secure a visa. Therefore, your business plan writer must thoroughly understand the concept of marginality to increase your chances of success. Furthermore, a business plan focusing on profitability and sustainability is not only crucial for the long-term success of your enterprise in the United States but demonstrates adherence to E-2 regulations. A well-documented business plan that showcases a non-marginal enterprise can inspire confidence in immigration authorities, demonstrate that you have thoroughly researched the market, assessed risks, and are committed to making a meaningful contribution to the U.S. economy.

In the world of E-2 visas, marginality is not just an important component of E-2 regulations; it is a fundamental principle that ensures your business plan is rooted in financial prudence and long-term sustainability. By carefully crafting a business plan that demonstrates your commitment to short and long-term growth in a sustainable and profitable manner, you not only increase your chances of visa approval but also set the stage for a successful venture in the United States.



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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