Fifth Preference EB-5 – Immigrant Investor Program
In 1990 the US Congress created the immigrant investor program to stimulate the US economy and generate new American jobs through direct foreign investment. A pilot program was started in 1992 which granting a set number of EB-5 visas and paved the way for specially designated Regional Centers (approved by USCIS) to handle proposals for new economic growth.
In order to qualify, all investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise. Additionally, a qualifying investment must either create or preserve (in the case of a troubled business) ten full-time jobs for American workers. If the investment is made within the context of a regional center, indirect jobs can be counted to satisfy the job creation requirement. The general capital investment requirement is $1 million, however this figure is reduced to $500,000 if the investment is made in a Targeted Employment Area (having High Unemployment – 150% over the national average, or a Rural Area – population 20,000 or less).
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