The United States (US) launched the EB-5 visa program in 1990. The program allows foreign investors to obtain a US visa by investing in businesses that will contribute to the US economy and create jobs. In 2019, the EB-5 program is expected to be changed, with an increase in the investment capital required. You can learn more about the changes here. Despite these changes, investors have the opportunity to participate the EB-5 visa program under the old conditions.
Who may apply for the EB-5 visa?
If you are a foreign investor and meet the conditions below, you can apply for an EB-5 visa.
EB-5 visa application requirements
- Investors must make a minimum investment of $500,000 through the EB-5 regional center
- Investors must show the legal sources of the investment capital
- Investors must prove that himself/herself and/or his/her family have not violated any US immigration laws and do not have any prior criminal records.
What do you get by participating EB-5 visa program?
Once the USCIS requirements have been met and the selected EB-5 project successfully completed, the investor obtains a permanent green card and eventually returns on the $500,000 investment in the EB-5 program.
Permanent Green Card: US Citizenship
At the request of the investor, the investor and his/her family members may apply for the US citizenship approximately five years after the investor’s first entry into the US.
EB-5 visa program benefits
Immigration to the US under the EB-5 visa program provides many benefits to foreign investors.
|Terms||Permanent residence in the US in just 20 months|
|Predictability||Investor does not depend on the lottery or employer|
|Family||Visa and Permanent Residence permit in the US are granted to the whole family|
|Freedom||Investors may live, work and attend training institutions anywhere in the US|
|Citizenship||Investor may get the US citizenship after five years of permanent residence|
EB-5 visa step-by-step
|Investor check||Advice to assess the investor’s and his/her investment capital reliability in terms of US law.|
|Project selection||Selection of an investment project from list of those provided by regional centers accredited by the US Government.|
|Preparation of documents||Preparation of the set of documents for the EB-5 visa. investor signs the documents.|
|Investments transfer||Money transfer to the escrow account of the investment project.|
|Form I-526 Green Card||Immigration lawyer prepares an application for a green card (Form I-526) for the investor and his/her family members.|
|Moving to the USA||Once the Form I-526 has been approved, the investor and his/her family members will be issued their temporary green cards for two years and will be able to move to the US.|
|Permanent Green Card||Within 90 days after the expiry of the temporary green card, an immigration attorney applies for a permanent green card (Form I-829) on behalf of the investor and his/her family.|
|Return on Investment||Once the project requirements have been met, the investor receives a return on investment of $500,000.|