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Advantages of the EB-5 Visa Category

Straightforward – If you have US$500,000, you can invest through government-designated “regional centers” – which are designed to channel your US$500,000 towards US job-creating businesses that qualify you and your family to live anywhere in the USA..

Flexible – Once your application has been approved, you are granted an EB-5 Visa that allows you to live (and work) anywhere in the USA.

No need for a sponsor – The EB-5 visa is a great option for retirees, entrepreneurs, parents who want their children to attend US schools, or anyone who is in the USA on a visa that will expire.

EB-5 Visa Green Card – The Facts

The EB-5 Regional Center visa can be one of the fastest ways for you to live in the USA. The EB-5 visa allows permanent resident status (Green Cards) for you, your spouse and unmarried children under 21. With the EB-5 visa you have the option to take a job, run a business or retire and live anywhere in the USA.

As a permanent resident you have access to benefits enjoyed by US citizens such as education and savings on property tax (in some States). Your children attend schools or universities with the same rights as US citizens; life in the USA does not end after they turn 21. Your children have the advantage of job opportunities in the US. Each member of the family may apply for citizenship after holding their green card for five years.

Important Additional Facts about the EB-5 Regional Center Program

A Regional Center is designated by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) as eligible to offer EB-5 projects. Some Regional Centers may lead you to believe that because they have been approved by the Government to offer EB-5 visa programs, they have the Government’s stamp of approval. However, no EB-5 project can be guaranteed according to the current EB-5 law and you should assess each on its own merits.

Remember: Every regional center is in competition to sell you the idea that their business plan is better than anyone’s else’s; they want your money and they carefully paint a picture of all the positive aspects of their regional center project often without making you aware of any negatives.

A Simple Guide to the EB-5 Visa Program

If you want the simple basic facts on the EB-5 visa program – along with its good and bad points – please read on…..

If you want to Live, work or retire anywhere in the USA, can afford to commit $500,000 for at least five years the EB-5 visa is an option you will want to consider seriously.

Immigrants from all over the world have chosen the EB-5 visa regional program. This program is a useful source of job creation for the USA and thus it offers your family the chance to make full time permanent residence in the USA a reality.

Using the EB-5 visa programs allows you to work or set up business anywhere you chose in The USA. – This covers the applicant – their spouse and unmarried children under 21. Ultimately you can be eligible for citizenship of the USA.

Once you initial I-526 petition is approved, you can apply for a conditional green card through a consulate interview or an adjustment of status (if you are already in the U.S. on another visa). Once the conditional green card is issued, it is valid for two years. Near the end of the two-year period of conditional residency, you file your I-829 petition to remove the conditions on the green card. This petition demonstrates that your capital was fully invested and at risk during the two-year period and that the required 10 qualifying jobs have been created.

There are now many different programs which have been approved by the USCIS to offer the visa, including hotels, leisure facilities, office buildings, agricultural facilities, films and business loans throughout the USA.

With so many government registered regional centers offering this visa option and immigrants afraid of losing their $500,000, there are important legal, economic and financial implications for you to consider.

It is important to undertake detailed checks before considering the EB-5 visa option for your family. This should include legal, economic and financial advice. Some immigration attorneys have exclusive agreements with only one or two regional centers, some claim to be experts but have yet to process a single successful application, some have not carried out detailed research.

It is very important that you do not believe everything you hear. Make sure you ask every regional center the following questions and don’t just take their word for it, make them prove it: –

  • How long has this regional center been operating?
  • How many successful (I-526) petitions have been successful?
  • How many applicants have reached the two year (I-826) stage and had their conditions removed?
  • Has the Regional Center returned clients money and when?

The EB-5 visa can be an excellent option for those of you considering permanent relocation to the USA, particularly if you wish to work, retire or bring your family.

Which EB-5 “Regional Center” is right for you?

There are over 800 different Regional Centers in the US to choose from offering many different types of businesses. How do you determine if this program will work for you and to get all the information and education and facts you need to comply with the EB-5 guidelines and chose a regional center project that fits within your guidelines?

Learn Everything You Need to Know About the EB-5 Visa Program

MOST EB-5 VISA GOALS INCLUDE:

GET LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCY

GET MY GREEN CARD – Receive approval of my EB-5 visa application from the U.S. Government within a reasonable time. (Approval of my I-526 Petition)

MAKE MY GREEN CARD PERMANENT

REMOVE CONDITIONS – Get my permanent residency conditions removed by having my chosen Regional Center prove the job creation numbers. (I-829 Petition)

RETURN OF MY ORIGINAL CAPITAL

GET MY MONEY BACK – Experience, safety, security and accountability are how you take every possible step towards the timely return of your capital – all of which is reflected in the quality of our results.

WHY USE THE EB5 VISA?

Regardless of your circumstances, our experienced EB-5 Concierge managers can efficiently answer any questions you may have about the EB-5 visa program and help you reach your immigration goals.

We care about your goals, your family, your specific needs, and we have been achieving excellent results for over 21 years.

Our clients trust us to solve their EB-5 visa needs in a manner that is secure and confidential from our first contact with them. Trust is the first attribute our clients recognize when we discuss EB-5 solutions rather than problems.

We are true to ourselves and commit to always align our goals with yours, that's how we create successful partnerships.

Frequently asked questions

Among more than 800 regional centers that have currently been designated by USCIS, some have long and well-established track records, while the majority are newly established and relatively untested. It is therefore paramount to consider the operating experience of any regional center you are looking at.

There are only a select few regional centers that have achieved unconditional permanent residence status (I-829 petition approvals) for their EB-5 investors and a return of capital, let alone consistently achieved this with multiple EB-5 partnerships. For a regional center to be successful, each project they offer must be deliberately structured to meet the EB-5 investors’ ultimate goals: a permanent residency visa for the investor and his or her qualifying family members, and an opportunity to receive a return of capital. In addition to choosing a regional center, each EB-5 investor must choose a project, as many regional centers have more than one project available. The fact that one project of a particular regional center has been successful does not necessarily guarantee that the next one will be.

To be successful an EB-5 investor like you should study the past offerings of the regional center in order to determine if there is a pattern of success and consistency. Additionally, you should research the history of each project developer and whether the regional center you are looking at has worked successfully with the developer in the past. Successful regional centers usually use the same business model for future projects, which should enhance stability and predictability of the investment they are offering you.

Immigration by investment through the EB-5 program can be undertaken in one of two ways. There is the Regional Center Program and there is what is commonly referred to as a direct EB-5 investment. Most people that consider using an EB-5 visa are doing so in order to achieve immigration to the U.S. rather than to establish and operate a business upon which their immigration status will rely. Therefore, most use an experienced regional center, which (hopefully) enhances their chances of success.

Regional Centers are designated by the USCIS to work with multiple EB-5 investors and pool their investments for greater economic impact. There is an important benefit to the Regional Center Program as job creation (10 new qualified jobs per investor) is a key requirement in the approval or denial of each EB-5 investor. One of the most important benefits of using a regional center is the ability to prove job creation through reasonable methodologies, as only regional centers can utilize induced and indirect job creation. This is a powerful tool for proving maximum job creation.

Additionally, the role of a regional center starts long before a specific project is ever considered and it should not finish until after the receipt of all permanent green cards and return of capital to the limited partners. A leading regional center will perform a thorough analysis and due diligence of each project they offer and will continuously monitor the project for compliance with the EB-5 program and loan requirements. Also, a leading regional center will have an in-house a team of dedicated, full-time, professional staff that work with you to reduce language barriers, perform project monitoring plus assist you and your attorney in preparing and submitting the EB-5 partnership’s relevant immigration documents as well as many other needs that may arise.

Generally the answer would be yes, if you are already in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa (such as H-1B or E-2); however you should definitely consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding your own specific situation. Once your I-526 petition is approved using the EB-5 Visa, your attorney may be able to submit an I-485 petition with the USCIS to adjust your status to conditional permanent resident status. EB-5 investors are granted two-year conditional permanent residency upon approval of their I-485 application. If you would like to ask us a question about this subject you can click the Ask Your EB-5 Question section below.

First step is to choose your regional center and the project you want to invest in. Please see How do I Select a High Quality Low Risk EB-5 Project section above. The procedure then is typically as follows: First, your attorney files an I-526 petition requesting conditional residency. If approved, you can apply for a conditional green card through a consulate interview or an adjustment of status (if you are already in the U.S. on another visa). Once the conditional green card is issued, it is valid for two years. Near the end of the two-year period of conditional residency, your attorney files the I-829 petition to remove the conditions on the green card. This petition demonstrates that your capital was fully invested and at risk during the two-year period and that the required 10 qualifying jobs have been created. Upon approval of the I-829 petition, you and your qualified family members become lawful permanent residents and can ultimately choose to become U.S. citizens after five years. If you would like to ask us a question about this subject you can click the Ask Your EB-5 Question section below.

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