The U.S. EB-5 immigrant investor visa program is the most flexible in the world as it has no requirements as to age, business training and experience or language skills. Permanent residents still need to go back to USA every six months to maintain their PR. U.S. EB-5 is the fastest track to obtaining permanent residency in comparison to other immigration paths. The U.S. immigrant investor visa program also allows investors a great deal of freedom because it does not require immigrant investors to manage their investment on a daily basis, but rather, to ‘actively engage’ in a business enterprise, meaning they can be limited partners and pursue other professional or personal ventures

Requirements: EB-5 Program

  • Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) or outside a TEA:
    • Investment in TEA: the minimum qualifying investment is USD 900,000
    • Investment outside TEA: the standard minimum qualifying investment is USD 1,800,000
  • Must provide proof of the source of funds used for investment
    Investment must be at risk and meet a statutory job creation of at least 10 jobs

Benefits: EB-5 Program

  • Obtaining a Green Card (permanent residence status) in the U.S. for the investor and family members
  • Dependents included:
    • Spouse
    • Children under 21
  • Right to live, work, and study in the U.S.
  • No minimum education or language requirements
  • Pathway to obtaining U.S. citizenship after 5 years of residence in USA

Investment Options

  • Direct Investment:
    • Set up a New Commercial Enterprise (NCE)
    • Make the necessary investment into the NCE
    • The NCE must directly create 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers
  • Investment via a Regional Centre:
    • No requirement for the applicant to set up an NCE
    • The applicant meets the statutory job creation requirements based on economic projections counting direct and indirect jobs

Process

  • Submit the completed application forms and required documents
  • USCIS will grant to successful applicants and dependents a 2-year conditional Green Card
  • Before the 2nd anniversary of the conditional Green Card, the candidate must file a petition for removal of the condition set on the conditional Green Card
  • The application processing time varies according to the investor’s country of chargeability
  • Countries experiencing high EB-5 Green Cards demand are subject to a backlog delaying the application’s processing time