What is the EB-5 Program
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.
How Does the EB-5 Program Work?
The EB-5 program provides foreign investors 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 10 new, direct or indirect jobs for U.S. workers. The investor may invest in his or her own commercial enterprise or in a commercial enterprise owned by other parties. Once the job creation requirement is met, the conditions are removed, and investors may obtain permanent residency.
What is an EB-5 Regional Center
The investor may also choose to invest in a pre-approved regional center. Regional centers are government-approved entities in designated geographical areas. USCIS has determined that investments through these centers will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor. Nearly all 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 can include both direct and indirect jobs. Foreign nationals that invest directly into an enterprise (not through a regional center) are only able to include direct jobs as part of their job-creation requirement.
For official information about the EB-5 Program, please visit the
USCIS website for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor
What is an EB-5 Investment?
Designed to promote economic growth in the U.S., an EB-5 investment allows non-U.S. citizens to invest in U.S.-based commercial enterprises as a path to permanent residency. Commercial enterprises include sole proprietorships, partnerships, holding companies, joint ventures, corporations, business trusts or other publicly or privately owned entities.
What is an EB-5 Investor Visa?
As part of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, entrepreneurs, their spouses and their unmarried children under 21 are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they make the required minimum investment in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The EB-5 program is one of the most efficient ways to gain permanent residency in the United States.
What is EB-5 Financing?
EB-5 financing can allow a U.S.-based business to receive supplemental funds from foreign investors. It also allows foreign investors to earn green cards and puts them on a path to permanent citizenship. Businesses can handle EB-5 financing through their own projects or through designated regional centers.
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