The economy of the United States is dependent upon many factors including the status of businesses. Because of this is should not come as a surprise that the U.S. government is interested in promoting business opportunities when they are a benefit to the nation. The Immigrant Investor Program, referred to as EB-5, is one way that the U.S. government goes about doing this. The program offers investment opportunities to those from other nations in exchange for a visa to come to the U.S.
To take part in this program there are multiple requirements that must be met. First, the investor must be involved in a new commercial enterprise. In addition, the commercial enterprise must result in the creation, or in the case of a troubled business preservation, of a minimum of 10 full-time jobs. The job creation must occur within two years of the investor entering the U.S. on this visa.
The commercial enterprise has to be in a Regional Center, which has been designated as such by the USCIS. These centers, which are designed to promote economic growth, are located in areas facing a rate of underemployment that is at least 150 percent of the national average. Depending on the location of the regional center, each investor must put up between $500,000 and $1 million.
There are multiple benefits for investors who take part in the EB-5 visa program, including the ability to bring immediate family to the U.S. with you. To learn more about the program and its other benefits, it is a good idea to speak with an immigration lawyer.
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “EB-5 Immigrant Investor,” Accessed Nov. 4, 2014