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Green Card Opportunities For Rich Investors

In 1990, the Congress created the fifth employment-based visa preference category, EB-5, for immigrants who wish to enter the United States to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the US economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs.

There are two ways to invest which you may use within the EB-5 category and they are:

  • creating a new commercial enterprise or
  • investing in a troubled business.

New Business Enterprise

To qualify you must:

  1. invest at least $1,000,000. If your investment is in a targeted employment area, the minimum investment requirement is $500,000. Targeted Employment Area is defined by law as “a rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average.”
  2. be of benefit to the US economy by providing goods or services to US markets.
  3. create full-time employment for at least 10 US workers. The worker list includes US citizens, Green Card holders (lawful permanent residents) and other individuals lawfully authorized to work in the US.
  4. involve yourself in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it through formulating business policy – for example as a corporate officer or board member.

Troubled Business

To qualify you must:

  1. invest in a business that has existed for at least two years.
  2. invest in a business that has incurred a net loss, for the 12 to 24 month period before you filed Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by an Alien Entrepreneur. The loss for the 12 to 24 month period must be at least 20 percent of the business’s net worth before the loss.
  3. maintain the number of jobs at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years.
  4. get yourself involved in the day-to-day management of the troubled business or manage it through formulating business policy (as a corporate officer or board member).
  5. invest $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a targeted employment area.

Regional Center Pilot Program

To qualify you must:

  1. be prepared to invest at least $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a regional center affiliated new commercial enterprise or a troubled business located within the area of the USCIS designated Regional Center. A Regional Center is an economic unit, public or private, involved in the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment.
  2. create at least 10 new full-time jobs either directly through investment.

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