An important note here is that the more expensive a business the less proportional the investment has to be. For example, a consulting firm can become operational and successful with an upfront investment as low as $60,000 (arguably even less); however a large manufacturing facility requires a much larger investment to operate due to the cost of lease, equipment, employees, etc. Therefore, if you are starting a consulting firm it is highly advisable that you commit the entire amount prior to application. However, if you are opening a business that typically requires substantial infrastructure you may satisfy the officer with a smaller fraction of the investment amount. Many consulates use the following scales:
- For businesses requiring an investment of less than $500,000 it is recommended that 85% to 100% of the funds are invested prior to filing;
- For businesses requiring between $500,000 to $3,000,000, 50% investment is sufficient.
- For businesses greater than $3,000,000, 30% is considered substantial.
Furthermore, the amount of your investment must be sufficient to show your commitment to the success of the business. In other words, the investment has to hurt a little bit. If the consular officer believes that you are worth $100 million, it is unlikely that a $60,000 investment will convince the officer of your commitment. On the other hand, for the average investor worth $300,000 a sum of $100,000 will likely be considered large enough to prove commitment to the success of the business.