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The EB-5 visa allows access to green cards and lawful permanent residency through targeted investment. Since 1990, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has operated the EB-5 program with the goal of facilitating productive investments in the U.S. economy. This program represents one of several routes immigrants can take to become U.S. citizens.
If you are interested in obtaining a green card through investment, our Annandale EB-5 visa lawyers can provide the experienced counsel you need to succeed. Our team at Johnson & Masumi has assisted thousands of immigrants throughout our multi-decade history and understands how USCIS adjudicates EB-5 green card applications. We can walk you through what will be required and serve as your guide and advocate throughout the process.
Learn more about qualifying for an EB-5 visa by contacting us online or calling (703) 783-0082. We offer our legal services in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Farsi.
How Much Do I Have to Invest to Qualify for the EB-5 Visa?
The amount you must invest will depend on whether you make a qualifying investment in your own business or a “regional center.” Regional centers are preselected by USCIS and generally consist of rural areas or areas that are struggling with high unemployment rates. You will in most cases need to invest a lower amount in an approved regional center than you would in your own enterprise.
The specific investment minimum in either scenario continues to fluctuate. Before November 21, 2019, regional center investments required at least $500,000, while direct investments required at least $1,000,000. The minimums substantially increased on November 21, 2019, with regional center investments requiring at least $900,000 and direct investments requiring a minimum of $1,800,000. A federal judge struck down these new minimums in June 2021 and restored the previous minimums of $500,000 and $1,000,000 for regional center investments and direct investments, respectively. It is not yet clear when and if higher limits will be restored. If and when they are, the minimums will continue to be adjusted for inflation every five years.
If you choose to directly invest in your own U.S.-based business, you will be required to take a managerial role in overseeing the project. You should generally only consider this approach if you are willing to take a hands-on approach with your investment. If you are more focused on accessing immigration benefits, investing in a regional center may be a more strategic choice. Our Annandale EB-5 visa Attorneys can evaluate your goals and advise how to proceed.
If you are not willing or able to invest an amount that qualifies you for the EB-5 visa, you may still be able to qualify for the E-2 visa. While the E-2 visa is not a green card and does not confer lawful permanent residency, it does allow you to effectively remain in the United States indefinitely so long as you continue to support the business you invest in.
The entirety of your investment funds must come exclusively from you. You cannot pool money with others, and USCIS will scrutinize your finances to ensure your investment funds were obtained legitimately. You must also be certain that you are investing in either a pre-approved regional center or a new commercial enterprise that meets all USCIS requirements. Passive investments will not qualify.
If your EB-5 application is approved, you will receive a “conditional” green card that expires in two years. To “remove conditions” and receive a green card valid for ten years, your business investment must ultimately generate at least ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. If you invest in a regional center, you can also meet this requirement by “saving” at least ten “at-risk” jobs. These jobs must be created or saved – or in some cases, be “likely” to be imminently created or saved – within two years. While you can in some circumstances hire your family workers, you and your immediate relatives will not be counted when evaluating whether you meet this requirement.
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I am now a free man and will get my Green Card back soon. None of this would have been possible without Mariam and her firm. Words can't describe how grateful I am to her and if you're reading this look no further!- Aimal M.
The diligence of Mariam, making sure we had everything that could possibly be needed even when sometimes I felt it was too much. The team definitely kept me having hope but always kept things realistic and gave me realistic expectations.- Oshoke E.
Mariam Masumi helped my wife get her case approved and I am thankful for her hard work. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.- Ali R.
After working with them for less than 6 months, I received approvals for my employment authorization, waiver of inadmissibility, and finally my permanent resident card.- Marie A.
As an EB-5 green card holder, you are considered a lawful permanent resident and can live anywhere in the United States. You will need to continue to oversee your investment until you successfully remove conditions from your visa.
Once you secure an unconditional green card, you will be permitted to work practically anywhere in the country. After maintaining several years of continuous and physical presence (as well as meeting several other requirements), you may be eligible for naturalization and can initiate the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 can also procure conditional (and eventually unconditional) green cards through your EB-5 visa. These immediate relatives will be permitted to study and work in the United States for the duration of their stay on the visa.
Securing an investor green card can often be challenging, but our Annandale EB-5 visa lawyers are ready to help. Our team at Johnson & Masumi knows how to handle complex immigration cases and can offer the reliable and knowledgeable support you need when seeking this and other employment visas.
Schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your investment options. Contact us online or call (703) 783-0082 today!
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