Introduction to the USA EB-5 Visa Program
Established by the U.S. government in 1990, the EB-5 visa stands for Employment Based Visa, Preference 5 and is found in Section 203 (b) (5) of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA).
EB-5 allows immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. to engage in a commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy by substantial investment and creation of jobs for U.S. workers.
Applicants can choose to create a new enterprise or invest in a pre-approved Regional Center. Issued with a Green Card it provides Permanent Residency for the applicant, his or her spouse and any dependents under the age of 21.
This program is tailored to high net worth clients, who are comfortable with the program’s active investment plan and the level or risk it entails.
Successful applicants and their families can obtain a U.S. Green Card and then Citizenship.
There are 2 investment options within the EB-5 program:
1. Creation of a new US enterprise
To be eligible an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Make an investment of US$ 1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise, or US$ 500,000, if in a “targeted commercial area”, which includes rural areas or areas with unemployment of at least 150% of the national average.
- Create full time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers, who must be direct employees of the commercial enterprise.
- Actively manage the enterprise, through day to day management or policy formulation.
2. Invest in a Regional Center
Regional centers are investment opportunities that have been pre-approved by the USCIS. To be eligible an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Make an investment of US$ 500,000.
- The enterprise must create full time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers, where indirect employment is permitted.
- Active management of the enterprise is not required.
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