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The EB-5 program enables an investor to immigrate to the United States and receive permanent resident status (a “green card”) in as little as 18 months.

An immigrant must invest capital in a new or existing firm or regional center enterprise, using earned, borrowed, or gifted funds. The minimum investment is currently $500,000 (soon to be $800,000) if the firm principally does business in a “targeted” employment area, or $1 million (soon to be $1.2 million) in other areas. The investment must create or save ten jobs.

The EB-5 green card program allows investors to live anywhere in the United States while enjoying retirement, attending school, or running the enterprise in which they invest or another business. Below is a more detailed discussion of this way to immigrate to the United States.

  • EB-5 Green Card Benefits
    • Become a permanent resident (green card holder) and five years later a U.S. citizen
    • Immigrate to the United States quickly
    • Bypass lengthy family and employment based immigration processes in which others often wait years for a green card
    • Spouse and children under 21 are able to immigrate with the investor
    • Required investment of $500,000 (soon to be $800,000) plus a management fee for investment in regional centers (Canada requires $800,000 to immigrate there)
    • Live anywhere in United States
    • Freely travel in and out of the United States
    • Enjoy retirement, attend school, or run another business
    • No net worth disclosure is required
    • In-state tuition after one year following admission