The Immigrant Investor Program, commonly known as “EB-5”, was created by Congress in 1990 under § 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by alien investors. Alien investors have the opportunity to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States for themselves, their spouses, and their minor unmarried children by making a certain level of capital investments and associated job creation or preservation.
If you and your family are interested in living, working or attending school in the United States, then you should consider a residency permit (also known as a “Green Card”). But obtaining residency is limited to three general options: family-sponsored applications, employment- sponsored applications, or investment-based. As an immigration Service provider, our only business is to help the overseas clients to immigrate. Thats all we do – Imigration and Visas. So we know that unless you do not have a very close family member to sponsor you (such as a U.S. citizen spouse, parent or child) then the “family” based immigrant visa path is not a viable option to residency. With a record high 9% national unemployment rate in the United States, the “employment” based residency permits are very hard to obtain, even if you have a permanent job offer from a qualified U.S. company willing to sponsor you.
With Family and Employment-based options having long visa backlogs and other major obstacles, the EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” program has become one of the fastest and most reliable visa options offered by the United States. With relaxed program requirements and no visa backlogs, the EB-5 Investor Visa creates a fast-track to residency for retirees, entrepreneurs, students, business owners, professionals and more. Unlike many other countries, the American EB-5 investor visa program is surprisingly affordable and exceptionally flexible.
How Does The EB-5 Residency Program Work?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can issue residency to foreign investor (plus spouse and all unmarried children under 21) if he/she personally invests $900,000 into a qualified American business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs for American workers.
The United States actually offers two different types of EB-5 visa options. The first option is for the traditional small-business entrepreneur. The second option, which is the most popular, is for passive investors called “Regional Center.”
EB-5 Option for Passive Investors (Regional Center Program)
More than 90% of all residency applications filed under the EB-5 visa program come under the “Regional Center” option. This is a very flexible program which allows you to be a “passive” investor and eliminates the requirement that you operate a new business. It also allows you and your family the opportunity to live anywhere in the United States. The advantages of the EB-5 Regional Center program are many, and include the following
Typically, the minimum investment requirement is $900,000 which is the lowest amount allowed under the law.
You do not have to work or manage the project that you invest in – this means you are totally free to pursue any interest or activities you want (such as retirement, school, travel, or even start your own business that is totally unrelated to your immigration).
You can invest into an existing business or project – this means you do not need to create or manage your own new business.
You do not need to create 10 new direct employees – this is a very important distinction. Instead, you have the relaxed requirement that gives you both, job creation credit for direct and indirect jobs resulting from the operation of the business and even from the construction activities.
USCIS policy requires that the investment be in place until the condition is removed from the investor’s conditional permanent residence. Additionally, it is a legal requirement that the funds be placed at risk of partial or complete loss in a commercial sense, as any real business investment would be. The Regional Centers are not permitted to guarantee the return of the investment funds. However, it goes without saying that the Program’s success depends entirely on the safety of the investment. Hence, it is very important for the investor to understand the investment “exit strategy” of the chosen Regional Center.
Prepare supporting documents & application file
The authorities review the application, source of funds and carry our due diligence checks
Purchase of real estate
Remit the donation to the NDF or
Settle Government fees