The EB5 Visa program is available to investors from foreign countries. The Eb5 Visa Program allows immigrant investors to gain conditional entry to the United States. If all of the guidelines of the EB5 Visa program are satisfied for a total of two years the investor can gain unconditional status as an American citizen through a permanent residency card, better known as a green card Visa. He or she is also able to obtain green cards for immediate family members.
The EB5 program is one of the easiest ways for a foreign investor to obtain a green card visa and will also allow investors to bring their immediate families to the United States as permanent legal citizens. The EB5 Visa program was created in 1990 as part of the Immigration Act. US Congress intended for it to encourage foreign investment and create jobs to benefit the Unite States economy. EB5 stands for Employment Based Program Number Five. A foreign investor can get a green card Visa through the Immigrant Investor Visa program by making an investment of between $500,000 USD and $1,000,000 USD. The investment must also create ten permanent full time jobs either directly or indirectly due to the investment. If all of these conditions are met the foreign investor can obtain a green card Visa for not only themselves, but also their spouse and any unmarried children under twenty one years of age. This will allow the whole family to live, work and attend school in the United States while being paid interest on their original investment.
The investment and job creation requirements of the immigrant investor program can be met either by investing in an existing company. This may allow that company to expand and create new jobs directly, or it may increase the need for materials required for production which will create jobs indirectly with company suppliers. This can also be achieved by investing in a company which is struggling financially, thus allowing it to regain security and create jobs. If the investor prefers he or she could make their investment in a new business, either one of their own or chosen from a selection of business plans provided by a government certified Regional Center.
The EB5 Visa program is increasing in popularity. There are ten thousand EB5 Visas available for allocation each year, which gives the United States economy the potential for one hundred thousand new jobs and a huge amount of investment capital each year. There were four thousand EB5 Visas allocated in 2009, almost three times as many as were allocated the previous year. The total number of EB5 Visas allocated is expected to continue to rise each year as more and more foreign investors learn of the immigrant investor program.