The EB-5 Program
The U.S. Congress created the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program on October 6th, 1992 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Congress also authorized U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to administer the EB-5 visa program. By design, an EB-5 visa provides foreign nationals a flexible method to obtaining a U.S. green card and provides a way for local communities to receive foreign direct investment (FDI) at no cost to the American taxpayer.
The EB-5 Visa is a U.S. immigration visa that allows foreign nationals to obtain a U.S. Green Card by investing money in the United States. Foreign individuals who wish to obtain a permanent residency status for themselves and their families may want to consider an EB-5 visa. With this visa, an individual can enjoy the freedom to live, work, study, invest or retire anywhere in the United States. To obtain an EB-5 visa, an investor can form a new commercial enterprise or purchase a troubled business with a minimum investment of $1,000,000 in capital and be responsible for creating at least ten (10) full-time jobs.
NO SPONSOR NEEDED
EB-5 Investors only need to use their personal funds to immigrate.
NO DAILY MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS
EB-5 Investors are only required to engage in their investment project. This means they can still pursue other personal or professional ventures.
EB-5 Investors don’t have to have business training, experience, know the language or meet any age requirements. Investors are not required to be continuously and physically present in the U.S.; Investors can maintain business and professional relations in their home country.
COUNTS TOWARDS PERMANENT RESIDENCY
The time spent with an EB-5 Visa is credited towards the five-year lawful permanent residency requirement for U.S. citizenship. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, he or she can travel or permanently live abroad without any re-entry restriction issues into the U.S.
EB-5 Investors may bring their spouse and all children under the age of 21. Investors may also have a favorable admission and their children may receive reduced tuition at colleges and universities .