EB-5 Visa Requirements Summary

  • $1 million capital investment, $500,000 in a TEA
  • The investment must be made in a for-profit U.S. commercial entity
  • The investment must create 10 full-time U.S. jobs for two years

What is an EB-5 visa?

The EB-5 visa is a way to get your green card and permanent residency through investment. The EB-5 investor visa program enables foreigners who make an investment in a U.S. business to obtain a green card and become lawful permanent residents, and eventual citizens, of the United States. The investment can lead to a green card for the investor to permanently live and work in the United States with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. The EB-5 visa program is operated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The program was established by the United States Congress in 1990 to facilitate increased investment in the U.S. economy.

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EB-5 visa immigrant investment requirements:

To meet EB-5 investor visa requirements, foreign investors must make an “at risk” capital investment in a for-profit U.S. business entity. The required investment amount is either $500,000 or $1 million, depending on which project you invest in. If you invest in a targeted employment area (TEA) the investment is $500,000, if you invest elsewhere the minimum required investment is $1 million. EB-5 investments must lead to the creation of 10 fulltime U.S. jobs for at least two years.

How many EB-5 visas are issued each year?

USCIS  reserves 10,000 visas for EB-5 investors each fiscal year. This 10,000 visa quota has never been met. There was a drastic increase in the number of EB-5 program participants in 2011, with more than 3,000 investors applying to the program. Roughly 3,500 EB-5 visas were issued in the 2011 fiscal year which marked an 80 percent increase from 2010. This growth can be attributed to increased confidence in the program due to USCIS transparency, efficiencies in the application process, and growth in the number of regional centers established across the United States.

Fiscal Year EB-5 Applicants
2005 332
2006 486
2007 776
2008 1,257
2009 1,028
2010 1,955
2011 3,805
2012 2,771
Total 12,410


*April 23, 2012 Quarterly Data on I-526 Receipts released by the USCIS Office of Performance and Quality

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