Investor visa application requirements typically include a business plan. The basic idea is that you want to migrate to the country and acquire residency and/or citizenship in return for an investment. Now, the investing part can be executed in many ways, but what you need to show is that you know what you are doing. It is to ensure that the applicant has a legitimate interest in investing in the country that authorities emphasize a well-drafted business plan – a plan that outlines where, where and how you will invest. Thus, you should not take the drafting of the plan lightly if you wish to have your application approved.
Today we are going to go over some basic elements of what makes a good business plan for investor visa application. Of course, the overall composition of the plan will vary depending on the type of investment you wish to make under the program. But, some considerations will inevitably have to be taken into account for the same. Here are some things to consider when writing the business plan.
Understand the market
You decide to invest in a foreign country and propose a business model. The feasibility of the model will be reviewed and assessed by the authorities. One of the key aspects of a good business model is the assessment of the relevant market. In your business plan, for example, you want to offer a set of popular services in your country. However, you simply cannot base your judgment on the performance of your business in your country. Most likely, the services in question are not operational at all in the country of interest for various reasons such as lack of infrastructural support, unfavorable local lifestyle or introduction and adoption of better alternative services. Your business plan should therefore comprehensively present the market analysis.
The organizational structure
Without an organizational structure, your business plans will remain plans. It is essential to show how you want to structure your business in the country. Your position in the company should be clearly indicated as well as the other members of the company. Other elements such as the company headquarters, the board of directors, the structural divisions of the company, what will be the appointment process and how the company will participate in the growth of the economy will also have to be supplied. Your ideas must have form, and organizational structure is a step towards that.
Legal requirements to be met
You are expected to undertake thorough research on the legal requirements for setting up and running a business in the country of migration. In the business plan, you should consider keeping a segment specifically for legal requirements. List the rules and regulations that apply to your business. In case there are permits or licenses to acquire, then you must mention them. A detailed note on legal requirements will let the authorities know that you know what it takes to do business in the country of migration. Also, honesty goes a long way, so in the case of an authorization that you have not yet taken regarding the company, you must mention the same with documentary proof that the process is in progress.
The company’s contribution
In most investor visas, one of the requirements you will find is the company’s contribution to the local economy. Stipulations such as the creation of a minimum number of jobs are often compulsorily imposed as part of the visa requirement. Make sure your business plan provides adequate information on the steps to meet these requirements, how long it will take to produce the desired effects, and what the follow-up plans will be. Investor visas are issued to attract investment and provide a much-needed economic boost. If the business you are proposing does not have the potential to produce noticeable results, then it is a waste of your efforts and those of the country.
Cost estimates, etc.
A theoretical economic model is no good; authorities are looking for facts, research-based estimates and quantifiable results. Be sure to outline the estimated costs of establishing and operating the business. You will need to provide income estimates, and be careful; you can’t make a wild guess here. Considering all that is going on in your business, you should consider providing detailed and calculated data on potential business losses, potential profits, and capital that the business may need from time to time. You don’t need to get hundred percent accurate numbers; they must be reasonable and supported by sufficient research.
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