The EB5 Business Plan: What is Matter of Ho?

The EB5 Business Plan: What is Matter of Ho?

Of all the requirements called for in an EB5 business plan, one of the most prominent, yet most widely unknown is the Matter of Ho compliancy requirement for EB5 Visa Business Plans. Regardless of whether your application calls for a hypothetical, exemplar or affiliate business plan, USCIS still requires that your document conforms to this legal standard. But what is Matter of Ho, and how do you create a document that USCIS will find in compliance?

Issued by the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in 1998, Matter of Ho is a precedent decision that defines the requirements for the EB-5 visa business plan. It is often cited with respect to the I-526 immigrant petition package, which includes the aforementioned business plan.

Generally, Matter of Ho requires that, in order to get I-526 petition approval, your business plan must be clear about what the business activity is, where it will be located, how the capital will be spent, and how and when employment will be created. In other words, your business plan must be able to convince the USCIS officer that the business you are investing in is good enough to warrant granting you an immigration visa.

Requirements of Matter of Ho:

The main requirements of Matter of Ho is that your EB-5 business plan must be “a comprehensive, detailed and credible business plan demonstrating the job creation and potential of the new commercial enterprise.” Your business plan should:

  • Be sufficiently detailed to convince USCIS that your business has real potential to create jobs.


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Starting Price: $4,000

Days until first Draft: 10-15 days
Number of pages: 40-60 pages

Content:

  • Business Description
  • Industry & Market Analysis
  • Marketing Plan
  • Personel Plan
  • Financial Projections (5 years)
  • Matter of Ho Compliant
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HOW DOES OUR PROCESS WORK?

We provide you with a
Business Plan Questionnaire
to complete

A project manager will review
your info and finalize details
with you

We write the business plan
and send you the
first draft

We connect with your
lawyer to include
their feedback

We finalize and design
the plan when content
is approved

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How many people work for Joorney? What languages can you accommodate?

How many people work for Joorney? What languages can you accommodate?

We employ 3 Senior Consultants, 5 Project Managers, 12 Business Plan Writers, 2 Proofreaders and 1 Designer. Each project will be assigned: 1 Consultant, 1 Project Manager, 1 Writer, 1 Proofreader and 1 Designer. We speak English, Spanish, and French and can accommodate Chinese, Russian and Portuguese clients

How many Business Plans have you written so far?

How many Business Plans have you written so far?

We are proud to announce we have written more than 1,000 business plans.

What is your turnaround time? (i.e. When will I get the business plan?)

What is your turnaround time? (i.e. When will I get the business plan?)

Delivery of the 1st Draft is:

  • 7-10 Business days for E2 and L1 visa business plans
  • 10-30 days depending on the type of other business plans your requested

RUSH SERVICE

  • We can provide a Rush Service in 3-5 business days for an extra fee for E2 and L1 business plans
  • Custom Rush Service fee and deadline can be arranged for other business plan projects.

*All deadlines are calculated based  on the day we receive the full information requested in our questionnaire.

What happens if I have to make changes/edits to the 1st draft?

What happens if I have to make changes/edits to the 1st draft?

  • Unlimited revisions are included in the pricing for visa business plans
  • Limited to 2 sets of revisions for other business plan projects

How long is a typical business plan? Are there limits to the number of pages you will provide?

How long is a typical business plan? Are there limits to the number of pages you will provide?

Joorney: Our Business plans are usually:

  • 25-30 pages for E2/E1 (We can also accommodate a shorter E2 or E1 – 10-15 pages, as per some embassies requirements)
  • 35-40 pages for L1
  • 40-60 pages for EB5
  • 20-30 pages for Market Research Plan
  • 30-40 pages for a Feasibility Analysis
  • 30-40 pages for an SBA/Bank Loan Business Plan
  • 30-60 pages for an Investor Business Plan
  • Investor/Landlord presentations are created in Powerpoint, and comprise about 20-30 Slides of information.

What are the payment terms?

What are the payment terms?

We usually get paid upfront with a full payment for a smoother process; especially dealing with international clientele that is not always available to process payments when the time comes to send a first draft. If needed, we can accommodate two separate payments; one at contract signature and one before delivery of 1st draft.

What type of file will my Business Plan come in?

What type of file will my Business Plan come in?

We always draft and go through our revision process using Word documents. When the business plan is completed, we will design the document and provide you with the final version in a Word (.DOCX) File in addition to a .PDF file.

Does Joorney carry out market research for clients at no additional cost?

Does Joorney carry out market research for clients at no additional cost?

All of our Business Plans include an Industry Analysis, Market Analysis, and Competition Analysis corresponding to the details provided by the client.

I wrote my own business plan but I am not sure if it will work for immigration services, or if it is good enough to submit with an application. Can you help me with that?

I wrote my own business plan but I am not sure if it will work for immigration services, or if it is good enough to submit with an application. Can you help me with that?

We provide a Business Plan Diagnosis, in which we review the existing Business Plan and come back in less than 48h with our recommendations. http://www.joorney.com/business-plan-diagnosis/