EB-5 Immigrant Investor
It is a green card reserved for investors seeking permanent residence in the United States.Capital Required
Eligible aliens must invest a certain amount of capital into a new business or enterprise and demonstrate that the investment will substantially help the United States economy and create full-time employment for at least ten workers here.How is Eligibility Determined?
- If you create a new enterprise; build a business; or restructure an existing business, you may be eligible.
- An applicant must commit or prepare to commit $1 million to the enterprise; or he/she must commit $500,000 to what's known as a "targeted employment area" -- a particularly distressed sector of the economy that has a high unemployment rate.
- Applicants can also choose to invest either $1 million or $500,000 in a Regional Center, an investment vehicle pre-approved by USCIS that pools money from several foreign investors. The rules concerning active participation in the investment and job creation are relaxed somewhat for Regional Center investments.
- The new enterprise will boost the US economy by creating employment (full-time) for 10 or more qualified people.
Alien entrepreneurs must file an immigration petition known as the Form I-526. This form should show that you meet the requirements of the EB-5 Visa:
- you are building a new commercial enterprise
- you have the requisite cash to invest
- the money you have to invest was lawfully acquired
- you can create the requisite number of new full-time jobs in the US
- you will actively participate in the enterprise
- (in certain cases) you will employ people within a particular targeted employment sector
The attorneys here at the firm of Howard Law can answer any questions (simple or complicated) about your EB-5 Petition or your Form I-526. Call us toll-free at any time at 1-800-872-5925, or explore our website at the www.howardlawpc.com for information about our firm, credentials, and philosophy.