The EB-5 visa program grants investors who wish to immigrate to the United States with a Green Card, and permanent residency upon fulfillment of program requirements. Applicants must be able to invest a minimum of $500,000 in high unemployment and rural areas and create at least 10 full time jobs from their project. The EB-5 visa program grants an investor the flexibility to work, retire, live, and study anywhere within the United States regardless of where their investor project may be located.
There are three basic requirements for an EB-5 Visa:
- The applicant must have invested $500,000 or $1,000,000 in an authorized project.
- The project must create full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers per investor.
- The applicant must be an accredited investor.
Investment guidelines include:
- An investment amount of $500,000 USD for Designated Regional Centers must be put forth to be eligible for the EB-5 program
- Proof is required that such funds were garnered through legal means. Funds that do not have a lawful source established are unable to be considered for the EB-5 program. Appropriate documentation includes proof or pattern of income including tax records, and validity of gifted funds via ample source tracking. Funds obtained through loans remain under stricter scrutiny than the two prior categories, and prohibit the use of the US-based commercial enterprise as the security.
- The investment is required to be “at risk” for 24 months. This entails the capital investment be truly at risk, as opposed to serving as a loan. Such requirements subsequently signify that investors are not guaranteed to receive any money. Investors who guarantee a return under any conditions should be placed under strict scrutiny.