Investor Program EB-5
The United States Investor Program welcomes applicants from foreign countries who are prepared to make a substantial investment in the economy, development and welfare of the country, and wish to be in turn rewarded with the citizenship and Passport of the United States of America.
How the Investor Program Works
In 1990 the United States government introduced the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program for foreign investors who wish to gain a green card or permanent residence in the US.
This investment must lead to the creation or maintenance of a commercial business, and the creation or continuation of at least 10 jobs for American workers – excluding the investor and their immediate family.
Foreign applicants whose investor’s petition is approved will be granted along with their dependents – conditional permanent residency in the United States which is valid for two years. The United States Investor Program grants 10,000 such visas each year to foreign applicants.
a. Investing One million dollars and hiring ten employees anywhere in the USA.
b. Investing half million dollars and hiring ten employees in an area where the unemployment rate exceeds the national average unemployment rate by 150%.
The INS has approved over 520 Regional Centres. Regional Centre investors may rely on indirect job creation rather than directly hiring ten employees.
A competent professional, such as an economist, must quantify the indirect employment. If the regional centre is in a high unemployment area, the required capital is reduced to$500,000 US. Presently there are projects underway in many regional centres whereby making an investment of $500,000 in a limited partnership can qualify an individual for applying for a Green card through the EB-5 Visa program.
c. Processing time of residency is 9-12 months.
d. The program offers an easy eligibility criteria with minimal formalities.
e. Applicants are free to live anywhere in the USA
f. Applicants can include their spouse and children under 21-years of age in application
g. Conditional Permanent Residency status is valid for 2 years
After five years of residence in United States from the date of issue of their conditional green card, it is possible to apply for US citizenship.
WWIBF long established team of lawyers and residence planning experts will help clients with everything from their initial EB-5 application to applying for full citizenship, plus choosing the right business and housing locations and dealing with the US tax, insurance and health-care systems.