EB5 Programs

The EB5 program is a US Federal Government program intended to increase employment, manufacturing, exports, and business activity in the United States while also providing foreign investors with an opportunity to gain full green card immigration visa status by investing capital into local US businesses.

In most cases, EB5 visa programs are great immigration solutions for high-net-worth foreign nationals that do not qualify for E-2 Visa, want to invest in the United States, or that want their children to be educated in the US school system.  Realistically, this is the fastest to gain entry into the United States for foreign nationals.

The EB-5 visa program is particularly attractive because it can allow for passive participation. This means an investor can provide an investment into an eligible project and benefit from the business without the need to run the business or perform any business duties.

EB5 Visa Program Overview

Under the rules of the program, a foreign investor may contribute investments of money or capital into the creation of a new company or for the improvement of an established company. The US company that receives the EB-5 investment is required to hire ten full time employees within the first 24 month period after the investment. The key requirement involved is that ten American workers are employed on a full time basis within two years of the investment.

The program  is handled on a Federal and national level, rather than at the State level.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department is responsible for approving the investment proposal and the projects.  The States have the ability to highlight or propose investment opportunites that are attractive to the State as well as determine TEA and TPA. These are based off of census information and statistics.  States have limited roles in the application. States are able to help determine TEA and TPA by census bureau stats as well as propose investment projects that the state would like to see happen.  TEA regions reduce the mandatory investment to $500,000.