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EB-5 is a United States visa program, created in 1990, that enables foreign investors to obtain a U.S. Visa by investing in a business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create jobs.
The investor needs to make a minimum investment of $500,000 USD through an EB-5 Regional Center.
The investor demonstrates that the investment capital has come from a legal and traceable source.
To assure that the investor and/or family has not broken any U.S. Immigration laws, or has a past criminal record.
After approximately 5 years from the investor’s initial entry to the United States, the investor and eligible family members are then able to apply for U.S. citizenship, if the investor chooses.
Permanent U.S. residency in as short as 20 months with no waiting lists*
No lottery and no sponsorship required by employer or family member
Investor & family eligible for Green Cards
Live, work, retire or attend school anywhere in the U.S.
Higher university acceptance rates & lower tuition rates**
U.S. citizenship optional after 5 years of permanent residency
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U.S. real estate and stock market are considered to be two of the safest investments available in the world
*there is currently no waiting lists for an EB-5 visa for any country except for China
**lower in-state tuition rates and higher acceptance rates for prominent universities around the country.”
LEEB5 HAS EARNED ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF AMERICA’S PROLIFIC USCIS APPROVED EB-5 REGIONAL CENTER OPERATORS.
LEEB5 provides outstanding EB-5 project opportunities, supported by 20+ years of collective real-estate development, finance and banking experience.
Immigrants must meet certain criteria to apply for their U.S. Green Card through the EB-5 Visa Program. Take our questionnaire to see if you are eligible for U.S. residency with an EB-5 Visa.
LEEB5 provides the potential investor with a questionnaire to compile general background information to make sure the investor will qualify.
LEEB5 can recommend experienced EB-5 lawyers, or the potential investor can choose one of his/her own. The lawyer will discuss the individual immigration case with the potential investor, and gain an understanding of the source of funds to be used for the EB-5 investment.
After LEEB5 reviews and approves the questionnaire, USIF’s foreign representative provides offering documents needed to make a decision about the EB-5 investment.
In 1990, Congress created the fifth employment-based preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category. This visa category is targeted at qualified foreign nationals seeking to obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. by investing in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time U.S. jobs per investor. Currently the program is administered by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The required investment per EB-5 investor is $1.8 million, although that threshold is reduced to $900,000 if the investment occurs in a rural or high unemployment area, known as Targeted Employment Area (TEA).
As of November 21, 2019, the EB-5 Program went through its first major change since the inception of the program in 1990. In July of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published these changes to the Federal Register, which are called the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Regulations (regulations). The new regulations increased the minimum investment amount to $900,000 (originally $500,000) and now gives the USCIS the authority to determine TEA designations instead of the individual states.
The investor reviews all project offering documents, and consults with advisors on the investment. Once comfortable with the project, the investor signs the offering documents. These documents additionally outline the deposit of the initial investment amount plus any associated fees into escrow bank.
Funds are wired into the escrow account related to the project at the time the offering documents are signed.
The investor’s lawyer works closely with LEEB5 to prepare the initial green card application (Form I-526) for the investor and eligible family members.
LEEB5 will issue confirmation of receipt of the I-526 application.
Once initial Green Card application (Form I-526) is approved and the investor completes the consular process, the investor and eligible family members obtain a conditional 2-year green card.
The investor and their family may move to the U.S. with their conditional Green Card, which remains valid for 2 years.
FINAL APPLICATION | Within 90 days of the expiration of the investor’s conditional green card, the investor’s lawyer files the permanent Green Card application (Form I-829) on behalf of the investor and their family, to remove conditions from their two-year conditional Green Cards.
PERMANENT GREEN CARD | Once the permanent Green Card application (Form I-829) is approved, conditions are removed and permanent residency is granted.
REPAYMENT OF INVESTMENT |
The new regulations increased the minimum investment amount to $900,000 (originally $500,000) and now gives the USCIS the authority to determine TEA designations instead of the individual states.
While U.S. Citizenship is optional, the investor and their eligible family members may qualify to apply for citizenship within 4 years and 9 months after conditional residency (I-526) is obtained, so long as other naturalization requirements are met.
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