The US authorities created the EB-5 program to boost the US economy through job creation through capital investment from foreign investors.
The EB-5 visa provides a “green card” for foreigners who invest money in the United States, which can also then lead to obtaining a US passport. To get an EB-5, a person must invest at least USD 900,000 and create at least 10 jobs.
The investor and his / her spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 will be eligible for a green card.
It should be noted that to obtain this visa there are two options:
- Investment in an “EB-5 Regional Center”, which is an investment vehicle that is a public or private entity that has registered with the authorities to manage EB-5 investment projects. These are high risk investments for two reasons:The financial risk. The underlying project does not guarantee a positive return on investment.Immigration risk. A residence visa cannot be guaranteed even after funds have been invested. There is still a risk that the Regional Center may fail to meet regulation requirements and no longer qualify for the program.
- Set up your own company and create 10 jobs with it.
All EB-5 investments should lead to the creation of 10 full-time US jobs for at least two years. The investment required under the EB-5 program is USD$ 900,000 or USD$ 1.8 million, depending on the location of the EB-5 project:
- If the EB-5 project is located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the investment will be USD$ 900,000 USD.
- If the EB-5 project is not in an TEA, the minimum investment will be USD$ 1.8 million.