Since 1990, the United States has offered a path to permanent U.S. residence for enterprising foreign investors.
In the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a foreign investor commits a certain amount of capital to a project that will create or preserve a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for American workers. Successful participation in the program secures a green card for the investor, as well as his or her spouse and any unmarried children age 21 or younger. Unlike other paths to U.S. residency, the EB-5 program does not include requirements relating to age, business experience or language skills. Instead, it encourages foreign investors with an interest in residency to take steps that Congress has determined will help the U.S. economy to grow.
To begin the EB-5 process, an investor files an I-526 petition in order to demonstrate how he or she will meet the requirements of the EB-5 visa program outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A key requirement is that the investor invest in a “for profit” enterprise that was established after November 29, 1990; if not, the enterprise must meet certain restructuring and expansion requirements.
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