EB-The EB-5, Green Card through investment, is an immigrant visa category created in 1990 by Congress for immigrants who engage in a commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. Approximately 10,000 visa numbers are allocated annually to EB-5 investors.
The general requirements for EB-5 status are: 1) investment in a new commercial enterprise; 2) investment of at least $1.8 million (or $900,000 in certain cases) into the business (effective on November 21, 2019); and 3) creation of full-time employment for at least 10 full-time US workers.
The principal investor and the investor's spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old can all obtain their green cards through this category.
You and your beneficiaries do not need to have a degree of higher education and previous business experience. In addition, you do not need to speak English.
The amount of capital depends on where you invest your money. Effective on November 21, 2019, the standard minimum investment level will increase from $1 million to $1.8 million. $900,000 is needed if the investment is in the "targeted employment area" which is an area that has experience unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average rate or a rural area. As per the new rule effective on November 21, 2019, DHS will eliminate a state’s ability to designate certain geographic and political subdivisions as high-unemployment areas; instead, DHS would make such designations directly based on revised requirements.
These are the primary advantages of investing through a Regional Center:
There are three steps in order to become an unconditional permanent resident (Green Card holder):
Many EB-5 immigrant investors have fallen victim to scams that have put their personal wealth in jeopardy and taken away their opportunity to attain a U.S. green card. Depending on where the investor is in the immigration process and how much funds have been deployed in the project, the investor will have different remedies available to him/her. The investor may need to work with a group of attorneys, such as immigration attorney and security litigation attorney to secure his best interest.