The upcoming September 2018 EB-5 visa bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs...Read More
The EB-5 industry has noticed a massive uptick in the number of EB-5 investors coming from India. What’s drawing them in?Read More
As H-1B visas become more restrictive and gain longer waiting times, Indians are turning to the EB-5 Program to obtain U.S. green cards. Major EB-5 regional centers could see EB-5 visa filings from India double this year...Read More
The sunset date is fast approaching and there has been little to no news about the EB-5 Regional Center Program expiration. Is no news good news for the EB-5 Program...Read More
In two months, on September 30, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to expire. Despite the fast approaching EB-5 sunset date, here’s why you shouldn’t worry...Read More
After an investor fulfills the requirements of the EB-5 Program and obtains lawful permanent residency they may be wondering how EB-5 investors can help their parents get U.S. residency, too...Read More
These are the reasons why foreign national students are forsaking student visas in favor of using EB-5 to attend top U.S. colleges. Here are the 3 advantages of the EB-5 visa for foreign students looking to attend top U.S. colleges...Read More
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairshas released its upcoming EB-5 Visa Bulletin August 2018. The good news is that no new countries are currently facing retrogression. The bad news is...Read More
For the last six plus years, Chinese investors made up around 80% of the total number of investors in the EB-5 Program. With expected wait times of more than 10-years, some Chinese EB-5 investors are looking for ways to withdraw their investment funds and abandon their pursuit of the EB-5 visa...Read More
One small part of the EB-5 Program can turn into a giant headache for investors if they do not start preparing for it early. Compiling the documentation necessary to prove lawful sources of their funds is an often over-looked EB-5 requirement.Read More
The EB-5 Program is a popular way for foreign nationals to emigrate to the U.S., but is EB-5 the right option for you? Foreign nationals who wish to obtain green cards for themselves, their spouses, and their unmarried children under the age of 21 years, and who have $500,000 to invest in a project in the U.S. can benefit from the many advantages of the EB-5 Program.Read More
This article discusses the latest issues affecting EB-5 applicants from Mainland China. For the last 6 years, investors from China have been allocated more than 80% of the available EB-5 Program visas. But in the last few...Read More
There are a couple of major myths surrounding the EB-5 Program’s direct investment option. Here are the 5 most common. MYTH: The minimum...Read More
EB-5 investors whose funds have been lost in failed or troubled projects face many difficult decisions and realities. First and foremost, these EB-5 investors must acknowledge the stark realities that their hard-earned money, and perhaps their desired immigration benefits, will not be coming to them anytime soon...Read More
The U.S. Department of State — Bureau of Consular Affairs has released the July 2018 EB-5 visa bulletin. The July 2018 EB-5 visa bulletin reveals one new change. What’s the same? Final action dates for EB-5 applicants from Mainland China and Vietnam are...Read More
When must EB-5 investors show EB-5 job creation in direct projects? Is there a deadline? Other common EB-5 job creation questions include: How many jobs do investors have to be credited with creating? What types of jobs count? How do investors prove EB-5 job creation to USCIS? Which is more strict, direct project job creation or regional center project job creation?Read More
The EB-5 immigrant investor visa is marketed differently to investors depending on their country of origin. For example, the EB-5 market in Brazil is vastly different from the EB-5 market in China...Read More
[dropcap]Are[/dropcap] there limits on what types of businesses can qualify to be EB-5 projects? Nearly any type of lawful for-profit businesses can qualify to be EB-5 projects. As long as the business is structured properly, the type of business can be almost anything.
Here are a few examples of common types of businesses that may qualify to be EB-5 projects:
- Hotels or Resorts
- Apartment buildings
- Mixed-use commercial properties
- Healthcare facilities
What are the basic EB-5 project requirements? To fulfill the program requirements an investor must:
- Invest in a new commercial enterprise project. In certain cases, an investor can invest in a troubled business.
- This project must be at-risk. An investor cannot receive guarantees that they will get their money back.
- The amount an investor places in escrow depends on the location of the project. If the project is located in a targeted employment area, or rural area, they must invest $500,000, otherwise, they invest $1 million.
- The EB-5 investor must create or prove that 10 full-time jobs will be created for U.S. workers within the project.
These requirements must all be fulfilled at the time that the investor files his or her I-829 Petition to Remove Conditions. If an EB-5 investor’s I-829 petition is approved then they become eligible for unconditional lawful permanent residency in the U.S.
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Brazil has quickly become Latin America’s largest EB-5 Program participant. In April, EB-5 Investors Magazine hosted an EB-5 convention in São Paulo, Brazil, offering a two-day networking and educational event. The conference attracted nearly 300 attendees...Read More
There are currently more than 900 entries on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services list of approved EB-5 regional centers. With so many to choose from, what is the best way to evaluate an EB-5 regional center and determine if it’s the right one for you?Read More