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EB-5 Visa Programs



The EB-5 VISA is a way to get a green card and permanent United States residency through investment. The EB-5 investor VISA program enables foreigners who make an investment in a U.S. business to obtain a green card and become lawful permanent residents, and eventual citizens, of the United States. The investment can lead to a green card for the investor to permanently live and work in the United States along with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. The EB-5 VISA program is operated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The program was established by the United States Congress in 1990 to facilitate increased investment in the U.S. economy.

EB-5 VISA Immigrant Investment Requirements

To meet EB-5 investor VISA requirements, a foreign investor must make an "at risk" capital investment in a for-profit U.S. business entity. The required investment amount is either $500,000 or $1 million depending on which project you invest in. If you invest in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) the investment is $500,000, if you invest elsewhere the minimum required investment is $1 million. Additionally the EB-5 investments must lead to the creation of 10 full-time U.S. jobs for at least two years.

The Growing Popularity of EB-5 VISA Investments

USCIS reserves 10,000 VISAs for EB-5 investors for each fiscal year. This 10,000 VISA quota has not yet been met. There has been however a drastic increase in the number of EB-5 program participants in recent years. In 2011, with more than 3,000 investors applying to the program, roughly 3,500 EB-5 VISAs were issued in the 2011 fiscal year. This was an 80 percent increase from 2010.

This growth can be attributed to increased confidence in the program due to USCIS transparency, efficiencies in the application process, as well as the growth in the number of regional centers established across the United States. The volume of U.S. EB-5 investment VISA interest is expected to continue to increase dramatically due to a number of domestic and international influences including the announcement of the ending of the Canadian Immigrant Investor Program.

The announcement of the end of the Canadian Immigrant Investor Program came within one week of the story being published in the Hong Kong media. New applications for the visa category had been frozen since 2012 in an attempt to clear the existing backlog of applicants.

EB-5 Regional Centers

EB-5 investor VISA applicants have two main investment options. They can either invest directly or through an EB-5 Regional Center. Direct investors must find their own investment project and must take a direct managerial role in overseeing that project. Direct investment is best for those who want more hands-on control of their investment and the project that received their investment.

EB-5 investor VISA applicants can also make their investment in an EB-5 Regional Center. This option may be best for those who are more interested in the immigration goals of EB-5 rather than obtaining a maximum return on their investment. Regional centers receive designation from USCIS to administer EB-5 investment projects. Regional centers are responsible for adhering to USCIS EB-5 program regulations. This takes strain off of the investors so that they are not solely responsible for meeting program requirements. As a result, investment through regional centers suits those who want a more hands-off approach, where they are not responsible for the direct management of their investment. Roughly 90 percent of all EB-5 applicants invest through a regional center.

Free Consultation

Franchise Sales Force (FSF) works with a number of EB-5 VISA specialists, attorneys and Regional Centers to properly accommodate timely and cost effective EB-5 VISA completion.

Contact Franchise Sales Force today to discuss how we can provide you real savings while assisting you with your EB-5 VISA qualification needs! The call is Free. The advice could be priceless.

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