Visa Business: EB-5, the ‘Green Card’ Investor


Visa Business: EB-5, the ‘Green Card’ Investor

Steve Maggi, Immigration Lawyer

The EB-5 is a green card based on jobs that allows foreigners to invest money in projects or business that will create at least 10 jobs for full-time investor. Regional centers have multiplied over the years, but the trend as the investment is business investment, called Direct Investment, which does not use a regional center. Direct investments are where anyone can touch your own business or buy an existing business or a franchise, and have a management function and operation of this business.

The visa is available for people who have available at least US $ 500,000.00. If the business is in an area in economic depression, called Jobs Target Area (Targeted Employment Area), who invest US $ 500,000.00 in a business and create 10 jobs, you have your green card and eventually become eligible for citizenship. If the business is located in an area that is not zoned target jobs, then you have to invest US $ 1 million.

Previously quoted on the blog about the E-2 visa, a non-immigrant visa that allows those who want a visa with an investment of substantial value, but usually with a less substantial value. The E-2 only applies to those who come from about 80 countries that have a treaty with the US. As most of the world’s population lives in a few countries, mainly in the countries of BRIICS (Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, India, China and South Africa), and none of these countries have an E-2 treaty with the US, many of EB-5 investors come from these countries.

The EB-5 also allows those who already have seen E-2, to convert their visas to green cards, if they can reach the limit for investment (US $ 500,000.00 or US $ 1 million), and can show that will create or have already created 10 or more full-time jobs through its investment. It provides citizens with E-2 that are already in the US, but that do not have US $ 500,000.00 or $ 1 million, the opportunity to start a business, get an E-2 visa, and eventually to become a EB-5 green card for themselves and any dependent members of their families (spouses and children up to 21 years), provided that the required amount invested.

For all who are not eligible for E-2 because they do not have citizenship of any country treated, the EB-5 is one of the only options you have. If you want to play your own business, you need to invest at least the required amount of US $ 500,000.00 in a business model which ensures the creation of a number of places of required jobs. This path is presented as an extension of the E-2. He encourages entrepreneurship to a higher price range, but no nationality restrictions. All you need is capital and pursue a business model that guarantees jobs. If this capital is not available, then you can start a business in their home country and after a year to create a subsidiary in the US and apply for L-1 visa, which can usually be used as a platform for the green card.

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