The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa is a program authorized by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which enables foreign investors to immigrate to the United States through a business investment.
This program started back in 1990 and has gained popularity among investor Visa applicants from China, South Korea, Vietnam, India and other countries, over the years. In fact, the U.S government prepares 10,000 Green Cards annually for qualified immigrant investors under this program.
This policy was created to provide a favorable situation to both the U.S economy, as well as the foreign investors. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program works by allowing foreign investors to immigrate to the U.S therefore creating employment for its citizens while boosting the growth of its local economies. These foreign investors are allowed to settle in the country for various reasons which includes: family, business, studies or work.
For EB-5 Visa applicants, two kinds of investment options are available:
1. Direct Investment where the applicants are directly investing in a new business.
2. Regional Center Investment where the applicants are investing into a business ‘project’.
these pre-approved projects are in no way being endorsed by the U.S government. These are more of the recommendations. It’s more like they have validated the business plan and economic forecasts presented by these businesses and were proven to be ideal or feasible and may be able to generate the mandatory EB-5 jobs. This lessens the work of fact-checking for potential investors, however, again, maintaining due-diligence is still a must.