EB-5 Investor Visa also known as the Immigrant Investor Program
The EB-5 investor visa offers foreign national investors the opportunity to use foreign direct investment in a U.S. commercial enterprise to obtain permanent residency, sometimes referred to as permanent residency through investment. The EB-5 visa was created to promote foreign direct investment, job creation, and economic growth and development. Approximately 10,000 visa numbers are allocated annually to EB-5 investors. USCIS reserves 3,000 EB-5 visas for foreign nationals who invest in commercial enterprises affiliated with Regional Centers, as described below. The 3,000 is not a limit, just the amount reserved specifically for Regional Center based investments. However, participation in the investor program has traditionally been far below capacity, which means you and your family will not have to wait in line for a visa under the EB-5 investor visa program.
Requirements: Investment In A Commercial Enterprise Or Regional Center
The EB-5 investor visa requires an investment of $1 million or $500,000 in a high unemployment or rural area in a commercial enterprise that will employ 10 full-time US workers in 2 years. The investor may invest in his or her own commercial enterprise or in a commercial enterprise owned by other parties. The investor may also choose to invest in a pre-approved “regional center,” described below.
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Investment In A Regional Center
Regional centers are government-approved entities in designated geographical areas for which USCIS has determined that investments will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor, whether directly or indirectly. Virtually all of the regional centers contain geographical areas where $500,000 is the required amount of investment. The EB-5 regional center program does not require that the foreign investor’s enterprise itself directly employ 10 U.S. workers. Instead, it is enough if 10 or more jobs will be created directly or indirectly as a result of the investment. The Regional Center Investment Program aids foreign investors by directing and professionally managing their investment in the designated business and geographic focus of their Regional Center. The regional centers use the capital investment to invest in projects such as: hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, financial services, health services, and other industries. There are currently 325 approved regional centers in the United States. An investor may invest in a regional center in any state and live and work in another state if he or she wishes to do so.
USCIS requires that the investor’s funds be at risk and that the investor’s role cannot be completely passive. The investor does not have to be involved in any way in the day-to-day management and operations of the business, unless he or she wants to do so. The investment funds may be your own, gifted to you, loaned or borrowed to you, or a combination of three, so long as the source of the funds are lawful and can be documented. Documentation of the source of the investment funds is critically important in applying for an EB-5 investor visa.
Investor Visa Process
The investor applies for an investor visa using form I-526. Once an investor is approved for an EB-5 investor visa , he or she applies to adjust status and is granted permanent residence conditionally for two years. After two years and upon satisfying USCIS requirements that the investment proceeds have not been withdrawn and the requisite jobs have been created, you apply to remove the conditions and are granted permanent residency. The EB-5 investor visa grants permanent residency in the United States for you, your spouse, and any children under the age of 21.
To learn more about the process, please call us or visit U.S. Dept. of State.
How Subhan Law Office, LLC, Can Help You
Subhan Law Office, LLC, will advise you on the entire EB-5 investment process, review and assist you in collecting all required documentation, counsel and advise you on commercial enterprises and or regional centers, perform due diligence and risk assessments, advise you on any and all legal issues, and help you with all your relocation needs, including providing you with information on banks, realtors, insurance companies, moving companies, and other information to make your transition into the U.S. as convenient for you as possible. Call Subhan Law Office, LLC, today at 414-223-5718 or toll free at 1-855-946-6848. We have access to offices in 44 states and throughout the world including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and many more. Call us and we will make an arrangement to meet with you in the most convenient location for you.