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Could an investment be your ticket to the U.S.?

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

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