EB-5 Immigrant Investment Visa
The EB-5 Immigrant Investment Visa is an employment based green card for investors and wealthy individuals. The United States Government allows individuals who invest between $500,000 to $1 million dollars into a USCIS approved regional center, existing business, or new business to obtain a green card.
Due to the amount of the investment this is sometimes considered a last resort for certain individuals. Some of the USCIS Regional center projects include small businesses, hotels, buildings, skyscrapers, and infrastructure. If this investment is more than you can afford, take a look at the E-2 visa.
The policy behind the EB-5 Immigrant Investment Visa is to stimulate the United States economy through investment, and the creation of jobs for United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders)
There are two ways to obtain a green card through this type of investment:
- Invest in a USCIS Regional Center, which is an organization that runs a business and creates jobs. This is attractive to investors as they do not have to create their own business and jobs, and generally the required investment amount is $500,000; or
- Invest in your own business, or reorganize an existing one. The investment amount is lowered from $1 million to $500,000 if your business is located in certain areas where unemployment is high.
The business you create or invest in must employ ten full time employees, working a minimum of 35 hours a week. The investor, his spouse, and his children, cannot be counted towards this number. Due to the number of employees who must be employed, some people prefer to invest in a regional center, where indirect jobs created can be utilized to meet this requirement.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investment Visa is one of the most complex types of Visa’s and utilizing our services is highly recommended. There are many moving parts to this application, and due to the substantial amount of the investment, you must ensure all requirements are met in order to qualify.