The EB-5 Visa Program
If you are looking for a visa program that takes away many of the restrictions and requirements of many visas, then the EB-5 Visa may well be you.
The EB-5 Visa program allows foreign nationals to obtain a green card to live in the United States in exchange for the applicant making a job-creating investment within the US.
With attitudes to immigration in the US as they are at the moment, the EB-5 Visa is an excellent way to immediately make a meaningful impact on the national economy in the United States.
Advantages of the EB-5 Visa Program
There are many advantages to this program, not only will you be given the opportunity to diversify your portfolio in the US; you will receive green cards for your whole family (your spouse and any children under the age of 21) with one application.
You will then have the opportunity to work and live, and ultimately to retire anywhere in the US that you choose to, and you will have the opportunity to gain US citizenship around five years (approximately) after you gain your initial visa.
Options for the EB-5 Investor
If you are considering an EB-5 visa, then the most popular choice for applicants is real estate development, due to the considerable opportunities that exist for development in the United States.
However, most commercial enterprises will qualify, so do not feel restricted to real estate, although this is arguably the most successful choice available.
If you do not want to go it alone, there is also the option of investing in a Regional Centre. A Regional Centre allows foreign nationals to make an investment of $1 million or more.
However, if the Regional Centre is based in a Targeted Employment Area, in which case the maximum halves to $500,000.
Investment in such a Centre will satisfy the job requirement of your EB-5 Visa as opportunities for at least ten jobs to be created will be made within the necessary timeframe. These jobs can be created either directly or indirectly.
The Right Choice
On paper, it may seem wise to opt for the Regional Centre option, but for many foreign nationals, the opportunity to do it by themselves is far more tempting.
If you are looking to fulfil the American dream by expanding your business into the US, or by creating a new business for yourself, then it will be harder work, but if it works, it will be worth it.
The EB-5 Visa Program gives the opportunity for you to start your own business in the US, and possibly gain citizenship for you and your family in a matter of a few years.