The EB-5 visa preference category, created by Congress in 1990, is available to immigrants seeking to enter the US in order to invest in a new commercial enterprise that creates at least 10 permanent jobs. It allows accredited foreign investors to gain a fast track to permanent US residence (“green card”) and ultimately citizenship. The program is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
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USCIS stands for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIs is the organization that controls every EB-5 Regional Center in the country.
An EB-5 Regional Center is responsible for sponsoring capital investment projects for EB-5 investors. An EB-5 investor is anyone who holds an EB-5 visa. This visa is called the “employment-based fifth preference category” or the “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program (established in 1990).
The EB-5 program allows immigrant investors to become lawful permanent residents, or “green card” holders. You can do so by investing at least $1,000,000 to finance a business in the USA. To qualify, this business must employ 10 or more American workers.
This program is dedicated to encouraging both economic growth and foreign investments in our country. It’s one of five employment-based (EB) preference programs that the United States operates. If you have money to invest, it’s definitely worth pursuing as a means of becoming a resident.
EB5RegionalCenters.com help if you are looking to obtain a residency through the EB-5 program. Rather than trying to manage your investments yourself and deal with the paperwork and complex details of investing, a regional center will take the burden off your shoulders.
With our professional guidance, the process can be quick, convenient, and stress-free.
Currently we have the following Eb-5 Regional Centers available:
If you participate in the EB-5 program, you’ll probably invest in a targeted employment area, or TEA. This is a rural area of the country that may also have a high unemployment rate. Some urban areas with high unemployment rates also fall into the TEA listings.
The great thing is that, to encourage investments in TEAs, the investment threshold to get your green card will actually be lowered if you choose to do so. In other words, if you invest in a TEA, you will only have to invest $500,000 compared to $1,000,000.
It’s important to note that an EB-5 Regional Center (RC) is a service agent organization. It operates for both investors and companies who want to complete a project for the EB-5 program. The regional center can be a public or private entity.
An EB-5 Regional Center focuses on promoting increased domestic capital along with creating jobs and increasing regional productivity through the projects they assist with.
Generally, EB-5 investors will turn to a regional center if they are focused on getting residency status. That’s because the regional center will allow you to pursue that goal without you needing to worry about directly managing the investment yourself.
You will find it easier to go through a regional center for this reason. The RC will set up an investment fund for your benefit rather than having you invest directly into a project. As an investor, you can then purchase an equity stake in the regional center’s investment fund.
That fund will do one of two things. It can either purchase equity in a job creating entity (known as the equity model) or it can loan the job creating entity money (known as the loan model). That entity will then use the investment to indirectly create jobs.
An EB-5 regional center offers multiple advantages. These include: