An EB-5 investment visa is different than other types of visas available in the United States. The EB-5 visa is an opportunity for foreigners to obtain a green card, and eventual citizenship in the United States, based on an investment in job creating projects in the US. Our EB-5 experts help immigrant investors understand the process, evaluate eligibility, and help them through USCIS system. With no quota waiting list for this category, EB-5 is an expeditious way to obtain permanent residence, whilst building communities and jobs in the U.S. Our firm assists with the immigration process, investment due dilligence, vetting legal funding sources, and filing necessary application and documents.
The United States has welcomed investment from overseas throughout its history. In fact, the US has an investment treaty with the United Kingdom dating back to 1815. There are over 75 investment treaties with countries, allowinging for special visas, tax treatment, repatriation of profits and freedom to invest virtually anywhere in the US and in nearly any industry.
The USCIS EB-5 visa is a great option for high net-worth foreign nationals to emigrate to the US. Investment visas can be a path to residency that might not otherwise be available.
Developers and projects here in America can access investment capital through the establishment or purchase of an EB-5 Regional Center. It is a win-win for immigrant investors looking to help build their own American dream, and developers in need of capital to build projects and create jobs across the US.
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People who should consider the EB-5 visa option:
- Entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in the U.S.
- Self-sufficient retirees looking to move to the U.S.
- Foreign nationals reaching the limit of their current visas.
- Spouses of permanent residents.
- Parents of students who want to learn in the US and qualify for in-state tuition.
- Foreign nationals who seek expedited permanent residency.
In 1990 the US Congress created the immigrant investor program to stimulate the US economy and generate new American jobs through direct foreign investment. A pilot program was started in 1992 which granting a set number of EB-5 visas and paved the way for specially designated Regional Centers (approved by USCIS) to handle proposals for new economic growth.
The US remains one of the most attractive destinations for investment. Called the last bastion of free enterprise, the US has no history of expropriation of foreign investments. Every person in the US is protected by the US Constitution and has equal access to the US justice system, regardless of immigration status. Restrictions on foreign ownership of land, companies, and natural resources are prohibited, except in cases involving national security. While Americans may complain about too much government regulation, foreign investors are often surprised by how easily business can be run in the US compared with other countries.
Many foreign investors are attracted to the following sectors:
- Consumer products and services. With a population of nearly 300 million high income consumers, the US is the largest single unified consumer market in the world. Every day new consumer products and services are tested, introduced and sold on a mass scale.
- Advanced Technology. America’s technology infrastructure weaves together a world class education system, sophisticated and deep financial markets, and the synergy created over 50 years of technical innovation. The US continues to draw the best and the brightest seeking to develop the ‘next best thing.’
- Real Estate. While every market has its ups and downs, American real estate has outperformed real estate in other world markets in the past 50 years, without any significant bubble. Perhaps due to the depth and breadth of its economy, real estate has provided strong long term investment returns throughout the economic cycle, especially in the coastal states.
In order to qualify, all investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise. Additionally, a qualifying investment must either create or preserve (in the case of a troubled business) ten full-time jobs for American workers. If the investment is made within the context of a regional center, indirect jobs can be counted to satisfy the job creation requirement. The general capital investment requirement is $1 million, however this figure is reduced to $500,000 if the investment is made in a Targeted Employment Area (having High Unemployment – 150% over the national average, or a Rural Area – population 20,000 or less).
Contact us to learn more about the United States’ immigrant investment visa program (EB-5), and how you can setup up or invest in a Regional Center or project around America.