Understanding EB-5 Investor Visa Green Cards
Foreign entrepreneurs who invest $1,800,000 (previously $1,000,000) or at least $900,000 (previously $500,000) in “targeted employment areas” may be eligible for an EB-5 green card. Qualifying foreign investors may also include their spouses and unmarried minor children in the green card process. There is an annual cap of 10,000 EB-5 visas available in this category each year. The EB-5 is initially granted on a conditional basis and thereafter requires a petition to remove the condition.
What Type of Investment Counts for EB-5 Purposes?
EB-5 investor visas require extensive documentation. The investor must establish that at least ten permanent full-time jobs for qualified United States workers will be created or saved. The capital must come from lawful sources and must be spent on a new or existing operation in the U.S.