The EB5 Visa offers US permanent residency in exchange for an investment in a qualifying project in the United States.
The EB-5 Visa is one of the fastest and most effective routes to a Green Card, which offers freedom to live, work, study or retire anywhere in America.
Investors have the option to make their own investment under the Direct EB5 route or to invest through the Regional Center program.
File Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor, or Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor.
If an immigrant visa is immediately available to you, you may file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, together with your Form I-526 or Form I-526E, while your Form I-526 or Form I-526E is pending, or after your Form I-526 or Form I-526E is approved. To make sure that an immigrant visa is immediately available to you when you file your Form I-485, see the Visa Availability and Priority Dates and Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin pages on our website as well as the Visa Bulletin.
After USCIS approve your Form I-526 or Form I-526E petition, either:
– File DS-260, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, with the U.S. Department of State to obtain an EB-5 visa abroad to seek admission to the United States; or
– File Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with USCIS (if you did not already file Form I-485 prior to Form I-526 or Form I-526E approval) to adjust status to a conditional permanent resident within the United States. Once we approve your Form I-485 application or upon admission into the United States with an EB-5 immigrant visa, we will grant conditional permanent residence to the EB-5 investor and derivative family members for a two-year period.
File Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, within the 90-day period immediately before the second anniversary of your adjustment of status or admission to the United States as a conditional permanent resident.
If USCIS approves this petition, we will remove the conditions from your lawful permanent resident status and from that of any dependents you included.
Job creation requirement:
Create or preserve either direct or indirect jobs:
In order to be naturalized as a US citizen a permanent resident who obtained their green card through EB5 must demonstrate:
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The minimum investment requirement for an EB5 visa is $1,050,000 in the United States. However, if you invest in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the minimum investment is $800,000. TEAs are areas with high unemployment or rural areas.
EB5 applicants must prove that the funds used for their investment come from legitimate sources. These sources can include property sales, investments, salaries, dividends, commercial sales, and gifts.
Form I-526 is known as the Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor. It’s the application form for the EB5 program where you document your source of funds. USCIS evaluates your eligibility based on this form.
Form I-829 is the petition by the investor to remove conditions on their permanent resident status. This is the stage where an EB5 visa holder applies to have the conditions on their Green Card removed.
A targeted employment area is a location that qualifies for the reduced minimum investment of $800,000. It can be either a rural area or an area with unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate. Previously, individual states could designate high unemployment status, but from November 2019, the Department of Homeland Security allows such designations at the I-526 petition stage and requires evidence like a TEA opinion letter.
If your EB5 case is experiencing unreasonable delays, you can explore options to expedite the process, such as Senatorial complaints, using the USCIS Ombudsman, or even filing a Writ of Mandamus.
A Writ of Mandamus is a legal course of action to address unreasonable delays in processing your EB5 application. It involves filing a lawsuit in a federal court to determine if your case has been unreasonably delayed.
Davies & Associates offers expertise in EB5 with over 10 years of experience, a track record of 100% approvals for I-526, more than 1,000 successful EB5 Visas obtained for clients, 100% success with Source of Funds, and experience with both Direct EB5 and Regional Center programs.
If you have any questions about any of these topics, please feel free to contact us at Davies & Associates, and we’ll be happy to assist you.
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