EB5 Program Details

The EB5 visa programs provide opportunities for foreign investors to gain entry into the United States in exchange for foreign direct investment into US business.  The program does have rules and requirements that must be met and this section provides those details.   Also, one of the key differences in the program is participation through Regional Centers or the traditional program.

EB5 Visa Program Investment Requirements

The EB-5 visa program allows a foreign investor to invest into a new or established US business, depending on the route they take.  There are two levels of investment available for participation in the program regardless of the route.

  • A $1,000,000 US Dollar investment of cash or equipment into a variety of locations, business, and industries
  • A $500,000 US Dollar cash infusion is only eligible in Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) or Low Population Areas (TPAs).

Despite the dollar amount, the EB-5 program requires that ten full time jobs are created per investor within two years of the investor receiving their green card.  The program requires that the invested funds are obtained on a lawful basis and documentation of funds must be submitted during the application process.   The applicant must submit tax returns for previous 5 years in order to prove that their investment funds were legally obtained.

The Federal Government reports that 10,000 EB5 visas are given annually with approximately 3,000 visas allocated for the $500,000 investment level.

Regular Vs. Regional Centers

There are two types of paths a foreign investor can pursue in the EB5 visas program: Regular/Traditional Program or Regional Centers. Both programs result in permanent residency andboth require 10 full time employees within 2 years.

The Regular Program provides investors with more control however it requires that they start new businesses.  Investing through a Regional Center allows investors to take a passive role in the business and affords other benefits. Click the link to compare more details regarding regional centers and the traditional path.