WHAT IS EB-5?
EB-5 is a Fast, Simple, and Reliable Way to Achieve Permanent Residency in The United States
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was created in 1990 to attract foreign investment to stimulate economic growth through job creation in the United States. The program allows foreign nationals to make a qualifying investment into a new or existing US commercial enterprise that creates 10 US jobs to obtain a Green Card. EB-5 Investors and their families gain permanent residency to live and work anywhere in the United States. One EB-5 investment allows the main applicant, spouse, and any unwed children under the age of 21 to all obtain Green Cards.
Benefits of EB-5
EB-5 Visa Costs and Requirements
Green cards through investment are available to anyone who invests a minimum of $1.8 million USD in creating a new U.S business or restructuring or expanding one that already exists. The money can be obtain through any means such as gifts, inheretance, business, so long as it is lawfully obtained. The investment amount may be reduced to $900,000.00 USD if the business is located in rural area or in an urban area with an unemployment rate certified by the state government to be at least 150% of the national average.
Admin Fees, Investment Issuer (Regional Center) $50,000 – $65,000
Legal Fees, Immigration attorney $20,000 – $25,000
Processing Fees, ≈ $7,000
The investment is required to be an “At-Risk” Investment in a US commercial enterprise. There can be no guarantee on the return of investment to the investor as it would disqualify them from obtaining a permanent Green Card. This does not mean that the EB-5 investment must be unnecessarily risky. Risk can be mitigated in a multitude of ways by the deal structuring of the EB-5 Investment Offering.
EB-5 VISA PROCESS & TIMELINE
Stage 1: Do your Research (First 1 to 3 months)
Stage 2: Begin your EB-5 Process (First 1 to 3 months)
Stage 3: Wait for I-526 approval (10 months-2 years)
Stage 4: I-526 approved, Priority date current, Apply for conditional Green Card (3-6 months outside USA, 6-14 months in USA)
Stage 5: Start Conditional Residency (2 years)
Stage 6: Apply for permanent residency (24-30 months)