The EB-5 Visa Program allows a person and his or her immediate family to obtain a Green Card (live permanently in the U.S.) by investing in an enterprise that creates jobs for qualifying U.S. workers.
For foreign investors seeking the freedom and flexibility to live and work in the United States, this route avoids the requirement of family connections, securing a job or running an actively traded business.
The Entrepreneurial EB-5 Visa can be through both a direct (non regional center) project or using a regional center project. MSA attorneys will strategize with the investor entrepreneur to determine the best and most cost-effective solution.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE OPTIONS:
Same amount of investment
Many believe that the regional center allows the investment to decrease from the required USD 1.8 million to USD 900,000. This is false. The decrease in investment funds is due to the geographical location of the project. If the project is located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the required amount of investment then becomes USD 900,000.
10 full-time permanent jobs must be created per an investment to qualifying U.S. workers Qualifying US workers include: U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), Immigrants authorized to work in the U.S. (e.g., asylees, conditional residents and refugees).
Those not qualified:
Full-time position means a position that requires a minimum of 35 hours/week
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE OPTIONS:
It is imperative to explain the source of the investors funds in detail. Common source of funds (SOF), the way investors accumulated his/her investment funds, include the following:
Note: Loan funds must be secured by collateral assets of the investor.
If you have multiple SOFs, then each source based upon the path will be counted as an individual source.
*Investors have the option of U.S. citizenship 5 years after initial date of condi-tional green card