The EB-5 visa provides a superior and permanent path to the U.S. The economic and political security provided by the EB-5 visa, and the ability to apply for one immediately, make it an ideal vehicle for those with financial means who desire U.S. permanent residency or citizenship.
The visa-holder has the lifelong right to live and work in the United States without restriction. The EB-5 visa offers a relatively quick, sure and painless path to U.S. permanent residency and citizenship for those with the necessary financial means.
Key attributes of the visa include:
A $500,000 minimum investment is required
The entire $500,000 must be invested without deduction for legal fees, commissions, wire transfer charges or other expenses.
The investment capital can come from any lawful source, including gift, loan, sale of property, pension, inheritance, etc.
Spouse and unmarried children under age 21 receive their own EB-5 visas.
Funds can be provided via loans, gifts, sale of property, inheritance or any other legal source.
The investment must create 10 new direct or indirect jobs. All Seattle Regional Center programs produce jobs substantially in excess of USCIS requirements.
Passive investment is acceptable, with no requirement for day-to-day management.
Projects provide policy-making role and substantial investor voting control.
No material change permitted from investment project submitted with visa application.
Exit from investment possible once employment figures are verified.
The investment may be secured or speculative, as long as the capital is technically at risk.
Candidates for the Visa
The EB-5 visa is the best choice for a wide variety of people:
Those requiring certainty that U.S. permanent residency or citizenship will be available to them.
Those requiring permanent residency on an expedited basis.
Students, employees, investors, diplomats and others who are already in the U.S. on expiring non-immigrant visas.
Those seeking a financial or personal safe-haven.
Those wishing to travel freely to and from the U.S.
Students wishing to pay reduced in-state tuition at public universities.
Graduate students with job offers but H-1B quota problems.
Those seeking a permanent visa solution for their spouse and children.
Those without existing family ties in the U.S.
Those wishing to sponsor relatives in the future for U.S. residency and citizenship.
Those without specific educational levels, job skills or special abilities.
Those seeking permanent access to U.S. medical or educational systems.
Those unwilling to deal with the risk and uncertainty of non-immigrant visa renewals.
Those qualifying for permanent residency through family or employment, but shut out by quotas or long waiting lists.
Investors wishing to purchase and use vacation real estate or second residences in the U.S.
Those with limited immigration options for legal status in the United States.