UNDER the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, foreign investors can apply for a green card if they 1) invest in a company in the United States and 2) plan to create ten permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. There are two options for an EB-5 investment: 1) direct investment or 2) regional center investment. While both methods provide access to permanent residence, the EB-5 investor should be familiar with the differences between the two options before investing.
A direct investment is best suited for an investor who wants to own and be directly involved in the day-to-day operation of the company. The investor should be well-versed in business practices, since this option requires more time and effort. The investor should also formulate a business plan that will project the creation of ten jobs for qualified U.S. workers within two years after becoming a conditional lawful permanent resident. A qualified U.S. worker is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other immigrant lawfully authorized to be employed in the United States.
Regional Center Investment
EB-5 requirements for an investor who has invested in a Regional Center project are essentially the same as a direct investment. The only difference is that these investments are affiliated with an economic unit known as a “Regional Center.” A Regional Center is a business entity that coordinates foreign EB-5 investment within an area in compliance with EB-5 statutory, regulatory, and precedent decision framework.
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