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United States of America
Permanent Residence by Investment
Known as the world’s greatest economic power, the United States of America has consistently held a reputation as the land of opportunity. With a highly diverse society and physical environment ranging from tropical beaches to the frigid Arctic, the United States offer the freedom and possibility to prosper and live the American Dream.
The USA EB-5 Program- Permanent Residence by Investment
Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. The Program is currently the only visa program designed to allow foreign investors to obtain permanent residence (a “Green Card”) in the United States. There are 10,000 EB-5 visas available each Fiscal Year.
Ways of Acquiring Citizenship
Applicants have two types of investment options to obtain permanent residency. The investment options include:
Applicants make an investment of USD $1 million in a new commercial enterprise or USD $500,000 if the investment is located in a Targeted Employment Area- an area with unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate, or a rural area.
Through the new commercial enterprise directly, the Applicant must establish and provide full-time employment for at least ten (10) qualified U.S. workers, and must actively manage the every-day operations and/or policy formulation of the enterprise.
Applicants make an investment of USD $500,000 in a regional center designated by the USCIC and must establish full-time employment for at least ten (10) qualified U.S. workers directly or indirectly through the enterprise. Under this option the Applicant is not required to actively manage the new enterprise.
Validity of Permanent Residence
Upon approval of the investor’s initial application, the investor can apply for conditional residence in the United States which, once authorized, is valid for two (2) years. After two (2) years, the investor can apply to have the conditions removed and have the conditional residency made permanent, provided that certain conditions of the investment have been met. Upon removal of condition, a full Green Card is granted for indefinite permanent resident status and work permission in the United States.
Benefits of the USA and the EB-5 Program
To be eligible to apply, the Principal Applicant must:
Applications will be denied on the following grounds:
Application Processing Time
The procedure for obtaining an EB-5 Investor Green Card is a two-step process.
The first step involves completing a thorough business and financial due diligence analysis of the viability of the proposed EB-5 business project, making the investment into an escrow account and filing a petition with the USCIS to certify that the Applicant and investment are eligible. This step takes, on average, about one (1) year and a few months to complete.
Upon approval of the petition an application is made for the Green Card:
- If the investor resides abroad, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate of the investor’s home country. In this case an interview is necessary and the process takes around 17-24 months.
- If the investor resides in the U.S., through USCIS by the adjustment of status process. An interview in this case is customarily not required, and the process takes around 24-26 months.
International Organization Membership
The United States of America is a member of the following international organizations:
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