What is EB-5?
EB-5 is an employment-based visa program that is administered by United State Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"). The EB-5 Program offers foreign nationals the opportunity to gain permanent U.S. residency (a "Green Card") through capital investment. USCFID Regional Centers are permitted by the USCIS to administer foreign investment into US-based projects that stimulate local economies and create new jobs.
The minimum foreign investment required is set by USCIS and depends on the location of project.
Invested funds are typically loaned to the US projects and returned to the investors in five (5) to seven (7) years.
Benefits of Green Card via EB-5
Investors (their spouses and minor children) immigrate to the United States and receive permanent resident status.
Investors are permitted to live and work anywhere in the United States.
Investors do not need the sponsorship from a family member or employer.
No qualification criteria (language proficiency, business experience, or education) is required.
Investors can freely travel in and out of the United States.
Investors and their qualified children qualify for in-state tuition after establishing residency.
Investors become permanent US residents, and can apply for citizenship.
EB-5 Visa Process
IN A uscfid regional center PROJECT
IF I-526 approved, Uscis sends file to national visa center ("nvc")
EB-5 visa approved
INVESTOR IMMIGRATES TO THE US
consul interviews investor
NVC PROCESSES application sends to consul in applicant's country
investor lives in us with conditional visa
investor files i-829 with uscis to remove visa conditions
INVESTOR may apply for us citizenship
USCFID Regional Center Processing Center
1266 W Paces Ferry 142
Atlanta, Georgia 30327