Investor visas, often known as EB-5 visas, are granted to immigrant investors aiming to create new commercial opportunities in the U.S. that benefit the American economy through job creation. Each year, a small fraction, just over 7%, of all employment-based visas are allocated to these immigrant entrepreneurs.
If you’re considering the EB-5 investor visa program for permanent residency, it’s essential to understand that the process is more intricate than merely investing money.
An immigration attorney at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. is available to address all your queries about the EB-5 investor program and other immigration-related concerns. Regardless of your location, we offer:
- Insights about investor visas and relevant treaty trader regulations.
- Expert, cost-effective representation for your immigration requirements.
Reach out to us at (800) 976-5675 or email to schedule a complimentary, confidential consultation. We’re here to assist you.
Qualifications for Investor Visas
To be eligible as an immigrant investor, one must invest:
- $1,000,000 (U.S.) in a qualifying business without borrowing.
- $500,000 (U.S.) in a business in a rural or high unemployment area, termed as a “targeted area” by USCIS, without loans.
Furthermore, investor visa applicants must demonstrate that their investment led to the creation of at least 10 new jobs for U.S. residents or authorized workers within two years. These jobs should exclude the investor and their immediate family.
The EB-5 visa investment can be:
- Direct investment into a U.S. business.
- Regional investment in a preapproved area. Here, direct job creation proof isn’t mandatory as the regional center’s business model ensures indirect job creation for at least 10 U.S. workers.
Annually, the U.S. government can issue up to 10,000 EB-5 visas to qualifying investors. Legally, half of these can be allocated to those making regional investments.
Investor Visa Categories: Types of Investor Visas
The EB-5 program encompasses four distinct investment visa categories:
- C5 visas for job creation outside targeted areas.
- T5 visas within targeted areas like rural regions or high unemployment zones.
- R5 visas for pilot programs outside targeted zones.
- I5 visas for pilot programs within targeted areas.
Initiating an Immigrant Entrepreneur Visa Application
The investor visa application begins with Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. This form, accompanied by the current filing fee of $3,675 (as of December 2016), should be accurately completed and submitted to the USCIS. Given the complexity, it’s advisable to collaborate with an experienced immigration attorney to expedite the process and avoid potential pitfalls.
Additional Immigration Services for Immigrant Investors
Beyond EB-5 services, we offer a spectrum of related services, including:
- E-1 and E-2 Visas (for Treaty Traders).
- H-1B Visas (for Skilled Professionals).
- L-1A Visas (for Multinational Executives and Managers).
At Hanlon Law Group, P.C., we have a consistent track record in assisting investors in obtaining the appropriate investment visa. Our clients, both individual and corporate, can directly access our system to monitor the status of an investor visa petition or applications for multiple employees.
Contact Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
Our attorney at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. is prepared to discuss your situation and guide you in achieving the desired immigration status change. With over two decades of expertise and leveraging advanced technology, we ensure top-tier immigration services and representation. You can trust in the swift progression of your case and prompt, clear, and honest responses to your queries.
Contact us at (800) 976-5675 or email to discover more about our services and how we can assist. We proudly offer:
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