EB-5 Visa for Investors
The EB-5 immigrant investor visa was created in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through capital investment and job creation by foreign investors. Immigrants well-versed in business and able to invest substantial capital in the U.S. may qualify for an EB-5 visa.
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EB-5 Visa Guidelines
The EB-5 investor visa has complicated requirements. The basic guidelines are that entrepreneurs and their families are eligible to apply for a green card if they make the necessary capital investment in a United States business and plan to create or preserve 10 full-time jobs for American workers within two years. The detailed guidelines for an EB-5 are much more nuanced.
EB-5 applicants must invest in a new commercial enterprise. What is a commercial enterprise? Basically a law-abiding for-profit business. New means the enterprise must have been established after November 29th, 1990. If created before that date, enterprises purchased and restructured or reorganized in a manner that results in a new commercial enterprise or an enterprise expanded through investment resulting in a 40 percent increase in net worth or number of employees will also qualify.
The 10 full-time, permanent jobs requirement can vary by location, specifically whether or not the commercial enterprise is located inside an EB-5 regional center. Regional centers for immigrant investors are business organizations that sponsor capital investment projects for EB-5 applicants. If the commercial enterprise is within a regional center, the 10 jobs can be created directly or indirectly. For businesses outside of a regional center, all 10 jobs must be created directly. There are certain requirements that must be met to be considered a qualifying job.
The capital investment requirements for an EB-5 visa also vary depending on the location of the commercial enterprise. The minimum qualifying investment figure is $1 million, but investment in a target employment area is $500,000. A high unemployment area is any area experiencing unemployment at levels 1.5 times higher than the national average. A rural area is defined as any area not within either a metropolitan statistical area or the outer boundary of a city or town with a population over 20,000.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth will help you determine if your investment plans meet the necessary guidelines to successfully pursue an EB-5 investor visa.
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The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth understands the complexities and intricacies of immigration law. Our immigration attorneys are experts in providing the legal guidance necessary to successfully secure an EB-5 investor visa. We can help you obtain a green card to pursue your business goals in the United States.