EB5 visas are available to foreign investors seeking to invest in a U.S. based company.
While EB5 visas are technically categorized as employment visas, they are more often referred to as investor visas.
To apply for an investment visa, a foreign investor must invest $500,000 to $1 million in a job-creating enterprise established after 1990 that employs at least ten workers on a full-time basis. This amount is subject to an increase by the U.S. Congress.
Unlike other employment-based visas, the EB-5 investor visa does not require the investing immigrant to work in the company that he or she invests in.
All that matters is the investment capital.
Investor-visas will require the investing immigrant to select a target for investment and compile financial data to prove the validity of the investment.
An immigration lawyer can help with your EB-5 application in two important ways. An immigration attorney can help an immigrant investor gather the requisite documents and navigate the visa process.
Additionally, an immigration attorney also normally serves as a liaison between the investor and the investment target and ensures that all financial materials are compiled successfully, and meet immigration requirements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the minimum amount of money that I can invest to acquire a visa?
Regular investments require a $1,000,000 investment. Investments to employers in targeted employment areas require a $500,000 investment.
Does my investment need to create U.S.-based jobs? At what point do the jobs need to be created?
Your investment must create at least ten-jobs, although those jobs can be indirectly created by your investment. They must be created within two-years of receiving your visa.
Once I have my investor visa, can I leave the United States or do business in other countries?
Of course! The EB-5 visa only requires that you provide investment in the United States, not that you refrain from other business. You will need to abide by travel restrictions that affect permanent residents, however.
How will the recent immigration restrictions affect me?
President Donald Trump’s most recent immigration ban restricts all immigration from North Korea, Syria, Chad, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Venezuela. The new travel restrictions will affect all travelers regardless of purpose. Call our office for more information, and for a case-by-case evaluation.
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