The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa for foreign national investors who wish to enter, invest in, and live in the United States. The EB-5 visa was designed to stimulate the U.S. economy by encouraging significant investment in a U.S. business that will create at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers. It is also a path to obtain a Green Card (permanent residence status) and U.S. citizenship.
EB-5 Visa Requirements
The individual applying for an EB-5 visa must:
* Be willing to invest at least $1,000,000 in a “new” (i.e. created or restructured on or after November 29, 1990) U.S. business that will create at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers; or
* Be willing to invest at least $500,000 in a U.S. business that will create at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers and is located in a rural area (less than 20,000 people) or in an area of high unemployment (at least 150 times the average nationwide employment rate.); and,
* Be actively involved in the business through management or policy.
EB-5 Visa Benefits
Any individual granted the EB-5 visa can:
Enter and live in the U.S.;
* Bring his or her spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 on their own visas;
* Travel freely and reenter the U.S.;
* Apply for a Green Card, which is conditional for the first 2 years, then permanent when conditions are removed;
* Apply for U.S. citizenship in 5 years.
EB-5 Visa Required Documentation
To apply for an EB-5 visa, an individual must submit:
* Form I-526, immigrant visa application with requested supporting documentation;
* Proof that mandatory investment funds were obtained legally;
* Proof of active role in the business; and,
* Proof that at least 10 new full-time jobs will be created for American workers.
Where to Get Help Obtaining EB-5 Visas
If you have questions regarding obtaining an EB-5 visa to live in the U.S. and to invest in a U.S. business, as well as bringing your family into the U.S., consult with a qualified immigration attorney. Immigration is a very specialized area of law; be sure your attorney focuses his or her practice on immigration and obtaining EB-5 visas.
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