Investment required: from US$900,000
To qualify for an EB-5 Visa, an investor must finance an enterprise, including a new business entity (provided the investor undertakes to create jobs), an existing troubled business, or an expanding company.
The capital for investment through a regional center ranges from U.S. $900,000 for rural areas and areas with high unemployment, to U.S. $1.8 million as a standard requirement. The investor must guarantee that he/she will use these funds to hire or retain at least 10 qualified workers for a minimum of two years. Potential employees include U.S. nationals and legal refugees, but not the investor’s family members.
Status: Temporary residence.
Description: Launched in 1990, the EB-5 program was created to spur the economy by attracting foreign investment. International entrepreneurs were supposed to create jobs for U.S. residents while subsidizing and invigorating unprofitable or failing businesses.
Benefits for EB-5 visa holders:
Once the investor complies to all the requirements, he/she is entitled to multiple benefits, including:
Benefits for passport holders: The applicant enjoys all the rights conferred by U.S. citizenship, including visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 184 countries and territories, public education, medical services, and more.
Time allowed outside the country: There are no requirements regarding permanent residence, but the investor must come to the USA not less than once a year.
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