EB-5 Investment Immigration
In order for an applicant to qualify under the Regular investment immigration program, the following three basic requirements must be met:
The investment may consist of various forms of capital, such as cash (including a gift or loan), equipment, inventory, property, and other tangible equivalents. An investment amount of $1 million is generally the minimum. However, $500,000 is acceptable if the business is situated in a “targeted” employment area, i.e., one that has experienced unemployment of at least 150 per cent of the national average rate or a rural area.
Investment Immigration Regional Centers
Investment Immigration Regional Centers are entities, organizations or agencies that focus on a specific geographic area within the United States in order to promote economic growth there. Most Regional Centers are in targeted employment areas, i.e., areas that have an unemployment rate that is at least 1.5 times higher than the national average. Investment Immigration Regional Centers are designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). The Centers do not guarantee profit or the return of an investor’s principal investment.
Every year, 3,000 EB-5 Green Cards are set aside for immigrants who are willing to make an investment in an approved Investment Immigration Regional Center. Benefits include: