Love it or hate it, the United States of America remains year after year the number 1 country where people want to immigrate to. Whether you are looking to make a fortune in New York, have a pleasant lifestyle and climate in Los Angeles or launch your tech startup in Silicon Valley, the US is so vast that it offers a little something for every taste. The US launched the now famous EB-5 investor visa in 1990, allowing business investors to invest 1m USD in a business activity and create 10 jobs in order to receive a conditional Green Card (permanent residence). In 1992, The EB-5 was complemented by another option allowing investor to instead invest 500,000 USD into a Regional Center project in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). In both cases the investors need to hold the investment for 2 years and create 10 jobs. Today due to the difficulty of creating 10 jobs, most applicants choose to invest in the Regional Centers projects to obtain the unconditional Green Card. The program has had so much success that applicants from China have experience long delay due to quotas on the origin of applicants. Spouse and children under the age of 21 qualify as dependents. After 5 years of residence, investors can apply for naturalisation into US citizenship. The US passport is one of the best in the world and provides visa-free travel to the EU for 90 days in a 180-day period.
The US EB-5 Visa take 2-4 years to process applications due to large amount of applications in the backlog. Chinese applicants might have to wait more than 10 years right now and Vietnamese and India applicants could also have to wait 5 to 7 years for the same reasons.
|Requirements||Supporting Documents (Evidence)*|
|New Commercial Enterprise||Evidence that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing in a “for profit” new commercial enterprise, which is a commercial enterprise:|
Evidence, if applicable, that the new commercial enterprise has been established and, if you seek eligibility under the reduced investment amount, evidence regarding the targeted employment area (TEA). For the definition of a TEA and information about investment amounts, see About the EB-5 Visa Classification.
|Managing the New Commercial Enterprise||Evidence that you are or will be engaged in the management of the new commercial enterprise (either through day-to-day managerial control or through policy formulation).|
|Investment||Evidence that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing the required amount of capital ($1 million or, if the qualifying investment is within a TEA, $500,000).|
Evidence that the investment capital was obtained through lawful means. The petition must be accompanied, as applicable, by:
|Job Creation||Evidence that the new commercial enterprise will create at least 10 full-time positions for qualifying employees. If the requisite employees have not already been hired, you will need to submit a comprehensive business plan showing that, due to the nature and projected size of the new commercial enterprise, the need for at least 10 qualifying employees will result.|
|Job Preservation--Troubled Business||Evidence that the number of existing employees is being or will be maintained at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least 2 years. Submit photocopies of tax records; Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification; or other relevant documents for the qualifying employees and a comprehensive business plan in support of the petition.|
For those not interested to wait to inter the US, the E-2 Treaty Investor visa is the quickest way to the country. The trick is that your country of origin needs to have an E-2 treaty with the US.
To qualify you need to have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States. Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise. This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.
A substantial amount of capital is (estimated at 150,000 USD):
This visa is temporary and last for 2 years and can be renewed indefinitely. To apply for a Green Card, you must apply to the EB-1 or EB-2 Green Card under National Interest Waiver.