Who Qualifies As An EB-5 Investor?

Who Qualifies As An EB-5 Investor?

If you are looking for an opportunity to live in the United States through a meaningful contribution to the economy, then the process of obtaining an EB-5 green card could be the right option for you. Going this route, you can potentially obtain permanent residence in the United States, along with your family members and spouse.  Since most countries do not have a waiting list to invest, the EB-5 visa could be a viable option for you.

EB-5 Qualifications

The person who qualifies to make an EB-5 investment has access to $500,000 - $1,000,000 to invest into a US based business. The amount of the investment depends upon the location. An EB-5 investor is interested in participating in the business she or he creates. No training or formal education is required, just a passion and interest in business management. One option to consider would be EB-5 franchise opportunities; since franchise owners struggle to find buyers who can secure financing, many are looking to EB-5 investors as the solution. 

For a successful EB-5 investment, you must invest directly in a job-creating business, or through regional centers approved by USCIS.  According to USCIS, “A regional center is an economic entity, public or private, that promotes economic growth, regional productivity, job creation, and capital investment.” Through the new business, at least 10 jobs must be created, not including jobs for nuclear family members. So, the EB-5 investor must be interested in hiring and developing a team of people to run the business. 

Another option is to purchase an existing business that is struggling and to grow it by a net worth of at least 40% while maintaining the aforementioned stipulations.To demonstrate that a business is troubled, it has to have existed for at least two years and must function at an annual net loss of 20%. To be approved for the I-829 petition you must employ the same number of people as were employed at the time of investment. All funds must be invested.

Start the EB-5 Visa Process 

EB-5 investments have contributed more than $2.6 billion to the gross domestic product in the US, generating more than 33,000 jobs and $346 million in federal tax revenue in 2010 alone. Join the ranks of other successful EB-5 investors and contact BMK LLP, your trusted team of EB-5 investment attorneys, to start the process today! 


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