Immigrant Investor Visa Program
Foreign entrepreneurs (and their eligible family members) can receive a US Green Card by meeting the criteria for the EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) Visa program. In order to qualify for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a foreign entrepreneur must make the required investment in a for-profit commercial enterprise (e.g., sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, etc.) located in the US and also create or preserve 10 full-time permanent jobs in the USA for eligible individuals legally permitted to work in the United States. The capital investment in the commercial enterprise must generally be at least $1 million USD; however, the minimum investment is only $500,000 USD if the commercial enterprise is located in a “Targeted Employment Area” (i.e., a rural region or a high unemployment area of the United States). There are, of course, other criteria and procedures that must be met in order to be granted the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa to the USA. Please note that there is also an E-2 Treaty Investor non-immigrant US visa program that has its own eligibility requirements, investment criteria, procedures and benefits.