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3 Business Stories That Defy Immigration Odds

3 Business Stories That Defy Immigration Odds

In the realm of immigration, navigating the intricate web of regulations can be a daunting task. However, some remarkable success stories stand out – tales of entrepreneurs who defied the odds and secured their U.S. visas against challenging circumstances. Today, we unveil three inspiring business narratives that not only showcase resilience but also underscore the power of a strategic approach in the face of immigration hurdles.

1. The $12,228 Investment Miracle: In a small town of 5,002 residents, a visionary client invested a mere $12,228 to purchase an existing company with profits of $35k. Leveraging the Matter of Walsh and Pollard precedent decision, our E-2 business plan highlighted the vital service this business provided to an isolated community. We demonstrated how this investment not only sustained jobs but also had the potential to create four additional positions. The case was approved, showcasing how a low investment, paired with strategic planning, can tip the immigration scales in favor of the applicant.

2. Skirting the Employee Dilemma: Facing an E-2 visa renewal with no employees and a challenging RFE, our client risked losing their visa status. The USCIS questioned the absence of employee wages and accused our client of doing the day-to-day work of lawn care rather than managing the business. Undeterred, our team identified a severe skilled labor shortage in the client's location and projected future hiring in the business plan. This strategic move, explained in detail in our solid business plan crafted in response to the RFE, secured his E-2 visa approval. This story highlights the transformative power of strategic foresight in overcoming complex immigration challenges.

3. Expert Opinion Triumph: When a client received an RFE challenging the marginality of the E-2 enterprise, we turned to an expert opinion letter signed by Visa Business Plans CEO, Marco Scanu, an O-1 visa recipient in entrepreneurship. The letter meticulously demonstrated how the E-2 entity had made a significant economic contribution over a 4-year period, backed by historical financials and industry data. Despite the uphill battle, the client emerged victorious, underscoring the importance of a well-crafted expert opinion in reshaping immigration outcomes.

These three business stories stand as testimonials to the transformative impact of strategic and focused approaches in immigration matters. Beyond paperwork, an immigration business plan becomes a trust-building tool, opening the gateway to U.S. residency. The stories of these entrepreneurs exemplify that, with perseverance and a well-crafted strategy, businesses can defy immigration odds, securing not just visas but a pathway to success and prosperity in the United States. Curious to learn more about how we can help you achieve success? Contact us today.


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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