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EB5: Direct Investment

In order to apply for a Direct EB5 Visa an investor must be able to invest at least $500,000 into a new or existing business if the business is in a TEA zone (Target Employment Area), or $1,000,000 if the business is NOT in a TEA zone. This investment, while hefty, provides one of the fastest paths to US citizenship for those who ready to invest.


EB5: Regional Center Visa

With a regional center EB-5 project, Investors are able to count direct, induced and indirect jobs as opposed to only direct jobs, and do not need to be involved in the day to day management of the business. With flexible investment options, the Regional Center EB5 Program is quickly becoming a popular path to the Green card.





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EB5: Direct Investment Visa Business Plan

While an EB5 business plan still needs to prove the feasibility of a project and provide key statistics, it is one of the few immigration documents whose format and information is dictated by a strict set of standards. Matter of Ho, as these standards are called, can be confusing to investors who do not understand the requirements. But in reality, the requirements of Matter of Ho are not very different from those of a traditional business plan.


EB-5: Regional Center Business Plan

There are three types of EB5 regional center project business plans: Affiliate, Hypothetical and Actual. Drafting the correct document for your needs can be the determining factor between approval and denial of your application.


Economic Impact: Why it matters most in a regional center EB5 application.

The EB5 visa for Immigrant Investors is a United States visa created by the Immigration Act of 1990. In a nutshell, the EB5 visa provides foreign nationals who invest money in the United States with a straightforward path toward US citizenship. Intended to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment, the EB5 visa requires a minimum investment of $500,000 in a Targeted Employment, or $1 Million elsewhere.


EB5: The Difference Between Regional Centers and Direct Investments

When it comes to investor visas, no other program facilitates the path to US citizenship quite like the EB5 visa program. Although it requires a relatively hefty investment of at least $1 Million (or $500,000 in certain circumstances) with a direct pathway to a green card, the EB-5 program has risen to popularity over the last few years.

The increase in the program’s popularity is not altogether surprising. USCIS, the government agency governing the EB-5 programs, places no no requirements with respect to age, business training and experience or language skills. Investors granted the EB5 status enter the US as conditional lawful permanent residents (LPR) on a provisional green card, and need not be continuously and physically present in the United States, and they can maintain business and professional relations in their country of origin.

For high net worth foreign investors looking to relocate to the US, two different options for investment: the direct investment EB5, and the Regional Center project. Both programs have their own requirements to be met, however, they both carry with them similar benefits and set-backs. Either option will allow the investor to enter the, and both ultimately lead to citizenship after a five year period.

The direct investment EB5, as its names implies, requires that an investment of at least $500,000 in areas designated with high unemployment (or a TEA - Targeted Employment Area), otherwise $1,000,000, be made directly in an established or newly created business. A Regional Center, on the other hand, is usually a partnership which requires an investment of $500,000 firm in a project that has been granted the ‘Regional Project’ designation, combining capital from several different investors to be collaboratively used for a single project.