About the EB-5 Visa

About the EB-5 Visa
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    EB-5 visas were created through the United States Congress’s Immigration Act of 1990.

    The purpose of this act was to boost the American economy through foreign investment.

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Although changes have been made to the regulation since its adoption, it still provides foreign investors with EB-5 visas for direct and indirect investments in the US. If you are researching investor visas Houston TX, consider reviewing the qualifications for the EB-5 visa.

Direct Investment

You can make either a direct or indirect investment in a US company, project or EB-5 Center. Although the minimums vary, the standard minimum investment is $9000,000 in low-employment or rural areas or $1.8 million in high-employment areas.

This amount has been recently increased to account for inflation and is expected to be adjusted every 5 years.

Your investment should be in a for-profit business or project and cannot be for land or assets you expect to appreciate in value at a later date.

Your investment should produce at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs within 2 years of the investment. It should also involve risk. You cannot just transfer money to a bank account in the US.

Although your goal may be residency rather than return on investment, choose to invest in a project or company that will grow and produce a return.

This is important because it will ensure you meet the employment and other visa requirements.

Regional Centers

EB-5 regional centers allow applicants to invest in approved projects as one of many investors. This reduces your risk. In addition, these centers have flexible employment requirements and may be involved in much larger projects due to the number of investors they attract.Therefore, the return may be much higher than direct investment projects.

In addition, the center is responsible for adhering to the EB-5 regulation requirements, so you don’t have to keep track of and meet these requirements personally. Through regional investment, you take on the role of a silent investor rather than an active manager.

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Residency

If you are approved for the EB-5 visa, you receive lawful permanent resident status within the United States. You will receive a green card and can work and travel anywhere within the US without being sponsored by a US employer. After five years, you may earn your citizenship and enjoy all the rights granted to US citizens, including voting, government benefits and sponsoring foreign family members.

Although the investment requirement is significant, if you seek permanent residency or citizenship in the US, consider pursuing an EB-5 visa.

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