EB-5 VISA PROGRAM INVESTMENTS
The EB-5 VISA is a way to get a green card and permanent United States residency through investment. The EB-5 investor VISA program enables foreigners who make an investment in a U.S. business to obtain a green card and become lawful permanent residents, and eventual citizens, of the United States. The investment can lead to a green card for the investor to permanently live and work in the United States along with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. The EB-5 VISA program is operated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The program was established by the United States Congress in 1990 to facilitate increased investment in the U.S. economy.EB-5 VISA Immigrant Investment Requirements
To meet EB-5 investor VISA requirements, a foreign investor must make an "at risk" capital investment in a for-profit U.S. business entity. The required investment amount is either $500,000 or $1 million depending on which project you invest in. If you invest in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) the investment is $500,000, if you invest elsewhere the minimum required investment is $1 million. Additionally the EB-5 investments must lead to the creation of 10 full-time U.S. jobs for at least two years.The Growing Popularity of EB-5 VISA Investments
USCIS reserves 10,000 VISAs for EB-5 investors for each fiscal year. This 10,000 VISA quota has not yet been met. There has been however a drastic increase in the number of EB-5 program
participants in recent years. In 2011, with more than 3,000 investors applying to the program, roughly 3,500 EB-5 VISAs were issued in the 2011 fiscal year. This was an 80 percent
increase from 2010.
EB-5 investor VISA applicants have two main investment options. They can either invest directly or through an EB-5 Regional Center. Direct investors must find their
own investment project and must take a direct managerial role in overseeing that project. Direct investment is best for those who want more hands-on control of their
investment and the project that received their investment.
Franchise Sales Force is an affiliated company of Business Development Centers headquartered in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and has satellite offices
located throughout the United States.