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EB-5 Immigrant Investor

What is the EB-5 Visa?

It is a green card reserved for investors seeking permanent residence in the United States.

Capital Required

Eligible aliens must invest a certain amount of capital into a new business or enterprise and demonstrate that the investment will substantially help the United States economy and create full-time employment for at least ten workers here.

How is Eligibility Determined?
  1. If you create a new enterprise; build a business; or restructure an existing business, you may be eligible.
  2. An applicant must commit or prepare to commit $1 million to the enterprise; or he/she must commit $500,000 to what's known as a "targeted employment area" -- a particularly distressed sector of the economy that has a high unemployment rate.
  3. Applicants can also choose to invest either $1 million or $500,000 in a Regional Center, an investment vehicle pre-approved by USCIS that pools money from several foreign investors. The rules concerning active participation in the investment and job creation are relaxed somewhat for Regional Center investments.
  4. The new enterprise will boost the US economy by creating employment (full-time) for 10 or more qualified people.
Filing for an EB-5 Petition

Alien entrepreneurs must file an immigration petition known as the Form I-526. This form should show that you meet the requirements of the EB-5 Visa:

  • you are building a new commercial enterprise
  • you have the requisite cash to invest
  • the money you have to invest was lawfully acquired
  • you can create the requisite number of new full-time jobs in the US
  • you will actively participate in the enterprise
  • (in certain cases) you will employ people within a particular targeted employment sector
Questions about Your EB-5 Petition?

The attorneys here at the firm of Howard Law can answer any questions (simple or complicated) about your EB-5 Petition or your Form I-526. Call us toll-free at any time at 1-800-872-5925, or explore our website at the for information about our firm, credentials, and philosophy.