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According to the Foreign Affairs Manual, the only place that economic contribution is mentioned is on the 12th page. Here is a link:
This is why it is not required, but an economic contribution letter could be helpful for the immigration
officer to determine that the investment/business is not marginal, which basically means that it will not be just a shell for you to come to the U.S. So in other words, if cannot be a business where you are the only employee or your family are the only employees and it isn't an active business. So for example, if you just set up a company with $200,000 in funds to purchase homes, flip them and sell them as profit and you have no employees, or perhaps just your family handle some paperwork, there isn't day to day activity and it doesn't help the economy directly. But in the case of some client of mine, one is an attorney and he is working as an attorney as he just got his New York bar, but he is on an E-2 through his spouse that owns a bridal show. The shop buys and sells merchandise on a daily basis, has employees that are not family members, etc. So that is an active business that contributes to the economy directly.
When you present an economic contribution letter, this is what immigration would look for. You should probably get an economist in the area to write one up for you and back it up with his or her resume with their experience.
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