EB-5 Immigrant Investor
WHAT IS THE EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM?
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors, grants Conditional Permanent Resident status to qualified Immigrant Investors. It is administered by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EB-5 INVESTOR?
All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise (e.g. sole proprietorship, partnership, holding company, joint venture, corporation, business trust, etc.) which has been:
- Established after Nov. 29, 1990, or
- Established on or before Nov. 29, 1990, that is: 1.Purchased and the existing business is restructured or reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results, or 2.Expanded through the investment so that a 40% increase in the net worth or number of employees occurs
ARE THERE ANY JOB CREATION REQUIREMENTS?
Yes, there are job creation requirements:
- Create or preserve at least 10 full time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period) of the immigrant investor's admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.
- Create or preserve either direct or indirect jobs:
- Direct jobs are actual identifiable jobs for qualified employees located within the commercial enterprise into which the EB-5 investor has directly invested his or her capital.
- Indirect jobs are those jobs shown to have been created collaterally or as a result of capital invested in a commercial enterprise affiliated with a regional center by an EB-5 investor. A foreign investor may only use the indirect job calculation if affiliated with a regional center.
IS THERE A MINIMUM INVESTMENT REQUIRED?
Yes, the minimum investments required are:
- General. The minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1 million.
- Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area). The minimum qualifying investment either within a high-unemployment area or rural area in the United States is $500,000.
One of the great advantages of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is that after two years, if you meet all of the qualifications, you may be eligible for a green card. Contact C2 Global Law today for advice and assistance on how to immigrate to the U.S.A. under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.