Investments – EB5

In 1990, the US Government created the Immigrant Investor Program as the fifth preference category for employment-based immigration, also known as the EB-5 Visa. The purpose of the program is to stimulate job creation in the United States through capital investment by immigrant investors. By investing the prescribed amount, a foreign investor may obtain Lawful Permanent Resident status while investing in the world’s strongest economy.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is available to those immigrants who have invested, or are in the process of investing, at least $1 million in a new commercial enterprise employing at least 10 full-time U.S. workers. Additionally, individuals who invest in an area of high unemployment, known as targeted employment areas or TEA’s, may invest a minimum of $500,000. Whether investing $1 million or $500,000, each investor has to prove that his or her investment funds are from a lawful source and will create 10 new full-time jobs for qualified US workers.

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Although investors may seek to invest in a new commercial enterprise in which they have direct control, in recent years, most EB-5 investors have sought to invest $500,000 in a qualified and approved Regional Center. Regional Centers are legal entities which have been approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services for the investment of EB-5 funds in new commercial enterprises. Each Regional Center may contain one or more projects or new commercial enterprises.

As with any investment, there is risk involved and no Regional Center can guarantee profits or financial success. Thus, it is important that a potential investor examine analyze all financial documents carefully and seek the assistance of qualified financial professionals.

At the Alexandre Law Firm we assist high net-worth individuals seeking to invest in the United States through the EB-5 program navigate the immigration process, trace the source of funds used for their investment, and coordinate the submission of sensitive financial documents to USCIS. Whether you seek to invest in your own project or a Regional Center, we can help you today.

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