The United States EB-5 Immigrant Investor programme

The US EB-5 visa was created by the Immigration Act of 1990 and provides a proven method for foreign investors and their families to obtain a green card. Newly reauthorised on 15 March 2022 under the ‘EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022’ the programme has been extended until the 30 September 2027 and then is set to be renewed in 5-year periods thereafter.

The US EB-5 visa is a route to permanent US residency for those looking to make a significant investment in the USA. It’s currently the most direct route to obtain a green card for you and your family.

Benefits of the EB-5 investment programme

Qualify for a green card

Permanent green card holders may live and work in the USA and can enjoy almost all the same benefits as US citizens. 

Live anywhere in the USA

You may live, study, work, build a business and retire anywhere in the USA, not only in the state where you invest.

High standard of living

America has one of the highest standards of living in the world with a world-class education system and medical facilities.

Investor requirements

There are no specific investor requirements regarding business training and no points system. The source of funds can be a gift or inheritance.

Green card through investment

The EB-5 visa rewards investors and their family (spouse and dependants under the age of 21) with a green card (permanent residence). As the application process can be complex, and the investment project selection of paramount importance, we assure that you receive credible legal advice and provide full guidance on this journey.

EB-5 citizenship-by-investment: Qualifying criteria

For the EB-5 programme there are two qualifying investment options. Our immigration specialists can help you choose the one that’s right for you.

  1. Passive investment

    The most popular of the two options, a passive investment requires a minimum of $800,000 to be made into a Regional Center in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), which is an investment that is managed by the Regional Centre and is pre-approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    This investment must also create 10 full-time employment opportunities for US workers.

  2. Active investment

    You are required to make a minimum investment of $1,050,000 in a new or existing commercial enterprise that was established after 29 November 1990. If you’re investing in a TEA, your minimum investment will be $800,000.

    Your investment must create at least 10 direct jobs for US workers and you must play an active role in the day-to-day management or policy formation of the enterprise.

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