The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the EB-5 Program, is a U.S. government program overseen and run by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The intent of the EB-5 program is to encourage the flow of foreign capital into the U.S. economy and to promote the creation of U.S. employment opportunities.
The EB-5 Program provides foreign nationals the opportunity to become conditional residents for a period of two years upon making an investment of $1 million, or $500,000 in a designated Targeted Employment Area, in a new commercial enterprise. Each unit of investment must create at least ten new, direct or indirect jobs for U.S. workers. Once the job creation requirement is met, the conditions are removed and investors may obtain permanent residency.
The investor may invest in his or her own commercial enterprise or in a commercial enterprise owned by other parties. The investor may also choose to invest in a pre-approved "regional center". Regional centers are government-approved entities in designated geographical areas for which USCIS has determined that investments will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor, whether directly or indirectly. Nearly all of the regional centers contain geographical areas where $500,000 is the required amount of investment.
For official information about the EB-5 Program, please visit the
USCIS website for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor
Advantages of the EB-5 Program
- The EB-5 program is one of the most expeditious options to gain permanent residency in the United States.
- Investors may bring their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21
- Investors can then apply for citizenship after 5 years.
The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program
A Regional Center is a private enterprise or corporation or a regional governmental agency with a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region. The Regional Center program in many ways mirrors long active and successful investment-employment based programs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other foreign nations.
Regional centers are government-approved entities in designated geographical areas for which USCIS has determined that investments will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor, whether directly or indirectly. Nearly all of the regional centers contain geographical areas where $500,000 is the required amount of investment.
When calculating job creation for the EB-5 investor, Regional Centers are able to include both direct and indirect jobs. Whereas, foreign nationals, that invest directly into an enterprise, are only able to include direct jobs as part of their job-creation requirement.
Please read the official USCIS description of Regional Centers for more information.
USCIS provides regular reports and statistics regarding the EB-5 Program.
See below for a compilation of recent statistics.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Form 1-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur and Form 1-826, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions
Service-wide Receipts, Approvals, Denials
Fiscal Year(s): 2005—2102