What is the EB-5 Visa?
The EB-5 immigrant investor visa attracts foreign capital into the USA and creates jobs for American workers.
It allows a person and his or her immediate family to obtain a green card (live permanently in the US) by investing in an enterprise that creates jobs for US citizens and legal residents authorized to work. The minimum amount of money to invest is $500,000 when you invest in a rural or high unemployment area.
For foreign investors seeking the freedom and flexibility to live and work in the United States, the EB-5 Visa Program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain Green Cards.
A Green Card provides Permanent Residency for the applicant, his or her spouse and their unmarried children under the age of 21. The EB5 investment visa route to a green card avoids the usual requirement of having family connections, securing a job or running an actively traded business – making it a viable route to retirement.
Benefits of the EB-5 Visa
- The local business get a source of investment funds from foreign investors
- The foreign investors can obtain a green card for himself and his family
- The U.S. government gets investment in economically depressed areas to help reduce U.S. unemployment
Benefits to EB-5 Visa Investors
The EB-5 Visa attracts investors from all walks of life; professionals, business people, parents wanting to facilitate a child’s education, retirees, USA immigrants on non-permanent visa status, etc….
EB-5 Visa investors may continue to work or operate businesses in their native countries; however, since the EB-5 visa permits employment in the U.S., many EB-5 investors become involved in American businesses. EB-5 investors are not required to work; therefore, some investors choose to travel throughout the United States without restriction, or they maintain dual residences in America and their native home. Simply put, of any employment-based visa, the EB-5 visa gives the investor the greatest flexibility to do what they want in the U.S.
Benefits to Investors
- A direct route to a Green Card
- No day-to-day business management
- Permanent residency in the United States for you, your partner and any unmarried children under 21
- Live, work and retire anywhere in the United States
- Become a U.S Citizen after 5 years of being a green card holder