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Global Residence - The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

If you want a green card and have ever thought about starting or purchasing a business in the United States, an EB-5 (Employment Base Fifth) Investor Visa could be perfect for you. Generally speaking, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa (“EB-5 Visa”) requires that you invest either US$ 1,800,000 in a city setting, or US$ 900,000 in rural settings, and in return, the U.S. Government will give you a Green Card. The Government makes 10,000 of these available every year and so far the number of applicants has always been below the cap. The key advantage of this Visa is that you get a green card out of it and no requirements of qualifications, business experience or management.

Advantages:

  • Investors and their spouses and children under 21 years of age will have a green card to immigrate in the United States.
  • Enjoy living, working and studying freely in any US States.
  • Full benefits of health, education and social security like US citizens (except for the right to vote).
  • Unlimited job opportunities.
  • Minimum Investment:
    Minimum Investment:
    US$ 900,000
  • Time To Get Approval:
    Time To Get Approval:
    36 months
  • Visa-Free Countries:
    Visa-Free Countries:
    US only
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Global Residence - The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Program

The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa (non-immigrant E-2 classification - E-2 Visa) allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling, while inside the United States. The E-2 visa is good for three months to five years (depending on the country of origin) and can be extended indefinitely. The investment must be "substantial." Investor visas are available only to citizens of certain countries. E-2 visas are also available to non-investor employees of the business, as long as the persons are of the same nationality as the investor and are destined for a role in the US business that is either executive/supervisory or requires specialized skills that are essential to the efficient operation of the US enterprise.

Upon conclusion of the business, investors must return to their countries of origin, or change their status. The United States Department of State does not allow dual intent for this type of visa, although it is possible for E-2 visa holders to adjust their status to immigrant status. The holder of an E-2 visa may leave the United States at any time. And there are no numerical limits on admissions to this visa.

Advantages:

  • Spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old can also qualify for E2 visas
  • No limit to the number of times you can extend your E2 visa
  • Do not need to maintain a foreign residence to get an E2 visa
  • Fastest way to get visa to the US with low investment
  • Minimum Investment:
    Minimum Investment:
    US$ 100,000
  • Time To Get Approval:
    Time To Get Approval:
    3 months
  • Visa-Free Countries:
    Visa-Free Countries:
    US only
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Country Overview

United States

United States

Capital city

Capital city: Washington D.C.

Visa free countries

Visa free countries: The United States

Total area

Total area: 9,833,517 km²

Nearest country

Nearest country: Canada / Mexico

Languages

Languages: American English

Currency

Currency: United States Dollar $

Population

Population: 327.2 millions (2018)

Time zone

Time zone: Mainland GMT-04:00 to -08:00

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Ways To Get Your EB-5 Visa

Business Investment

Business Investment

Make an investment in an approved business of at least US$ 900,000, create and maintain at least 10 new jobs for the citizens in the US.

*For more details on the schedule of fees, when to pay, how much to pay, please download our EB-5 Investor Visa Program Kits

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Ways To Get Your E-2 Visa

Business Investment

Business Investment

Invest a minimum amount of US$ 100,000 in establishing a new company or have ownership of at least 51% value of the existing business in the US and create jobs for US citizens.

*For more details on the schedule of fees, when to pay, how much to pay, please download our E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Program Kits.

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Comparison between EB-5 Visa & E-2 Visa

As others have pointed out, the difference is that an E-2 is a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa while an EB-5 is an immigrant (permanent) visa. That is one reason why the capital requirement for the EB-5 is initially much higher. However, the E-2 is renewable in 5-year intervals so you will be able to extend your stay as long as you continue to meet the requirements.

Each visa attempts to facilitate foreign investment in the US, but each does so in a different way. The E-2 is a treaty investor visa, meaning that it will only apply to investors who are nationals of a country that has signed a relevant treaty with the US.

Comparison of two types of visas

  EB-5 Visa E-2 Visa
Type

Immigrant (permanent) visa

Non-immigrant (temporary) visa with unlimited renewal.

Requirements

Investment of capital (Minimum of US$ 900,000 from 21st November 2019) in a new commercial enterprise that creates and maintains at least 10 jobs.

  • National of a country with a relevant treaty with the US.
  • Invest a substantial amount (US$ 100,000 general minimum)
  • In a bona fide enterprise in the US.
  • Entering the US solely to develop and direct the enterprise.
Percentage owner rate of the business

No requirement

At least 51%

Countries that may apply

All countries

Countries with a treaty with the US (Grenada is a treaty country that allows citizenship by investment).

For Citizenship purpose

Can lead to Residence Permit (green card) and even citizenship in the future.

E-2 visa will never “turn into” a green card, and the E-2 visa doesn’t help you get a green card.

Family

Their spouses and children under 21 years of age can also qualify for this visa.

If you get an E-2 visa and your spouse gets an E-2 derivative visa, he or she may apply for a work permit. Once that work permit is granted, your spouse is not limited in terms of where he/she works.

If children turn 21 or get married, they will need to change status or return to their country of origin.

Quantity

Maximum of 10,000 applications in a year and around 700 quotas for each country.

No limitation.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

1. What is an EB- 5 Visa?

The United States EB-5 visa is an Immigrant Investor Visa Program. This is a popular method for eligible Immigrant Investors to become lawful permanent residents or to get the “green card” for the whole family. Thanks to EB-5 visa, husband/wife in law and all non-married children below 21 years old of the investors can get the “green card” and have a full right of a US permanent resident.

Before November 21, 2019, the minimum amount of investment was 500.000 US$, but now the investor has to invest at least 900.000 US$ to get an EB-5 visa. The duration for approval lasts for 24 months.

After that, all family members will enjoy a high standard of life including getting benefits from high-quality medical service, education, and other well-beings similar to a US citizen apart from election rights.The children can stay in school for free of tuition until age 18 and then can obtain higher education with a fee less than ⅓ compared to foreign students. After 5 years, the investors and his/her family can apply for US citizenship.

2. What is an E2 Visa?

Inspired in part by its capitalist system, a central purpose of the U.S.’ immigration system is to grant admission to foreign nationals who are anticipated to have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, society, and the job market. For foreign investors, this can mean very good news!

Specifically, for business people looking to invest in, direct, and develop a bona fide enterprise in the United States, the E-2 visa classification can very well open the doors.

3. What are I-526 requirements?

Many forms of evidence may be used to prove that all of I-526 petition requirements have been met by the applicant:

Requirement: an EB-5 eligible project has received/will receive the investment Evidence: articles of incorporation, merger or consolidation certificates, joint venture or limited partnership agreements, state business certificates

Requirement: the appropriate investment amount has been made in the project Evidence: bank statements, security agreements, promissory notes, loan or mortgage certificates, other evidence that sufficiently illustrates the investment amount

Requirement: the capital investment was obtained through lawful means (legal source of funds) Evidence: five years of tax returns, pay stubs of the funds coming from earnings from an employer, bank account statements, securities statements (if the funds came from trading/bonds/stocks)

Requirement: the investment will create 10 full-time U.S. jobs
Evidence: a business plan

Requirement: the investor will be involved with day-to-day management or will have a policy-making position within the EB-5 project

Evidence: corporate documents, statement and description of duties.

4. Who files the I-526?

I-526 petitions are usually completed by immigration attorneys. They are submitted to the USCIS California Service Center. The filing fee for the I-526 petition is $3,675. USCIS will occasionally request more evidence as needed. It currently takes the USCIS 24 to 26 months to adjudicate an I-526 application. EB-5 visa applicants can apply for U.S. residential status once the I-526 petition is complete. They do so by filing the form I-485 adjustment of status if they are already in the United States as a nonimmigrant, or by filing the DS-260 application if they are abroad.

5. What is the I-829 petition?

The I-829 petition is the final step of the EB-5 visa process for immigrant investors to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The I-829 petition includes evidence that the immigrant investor successfully met all United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements of the EB-5 program. Once the I-829 is approved, the investor’s conditional residency restriction is removed so that the investor, their spouse and their unmarried children under the age of 21 can live in the United States permanently.

The EB-5 investor can file the I-829 petition with USCIS starting 90 days before the end of the two year conditional permanent status period. The applicant’s conditional residency will be extended while the I-829 is processed. The I-829 application must be filed within 21 to 24 months of the investor’s two year conditional residency period, otherwise the ability to obtain a permanent residency card can be jeopardized.

6. What are I-829 requirements?

There are numerous pieces of evidence that EB-5 investors must supply within the I-829 petition to prove that they have fulfilled all EB-5 program requirements:

Requirement: conditional permanent resident card (green card)
Evidence: photocopy of permanent investor’s permanent resident card, photocopy of permanent resident cards of all EB-5 family members

Requirement: proof that a commercial enterprise was established
Evidence: federal tax returns

Requirement: proof that the capital investment was made
Evidence: audited financial statements, bank statements, other evidence to demonstrate that the new commercial evidence received the investor’s funds

Requirement: proof that the commercial enterprise was sustained throughout the two year conditional residency period
Evidence: invoices, receipts, bank statements, contracts, business licenses, federal tax returns, state tax returns, quarterly tax statements

Requirement: evidence that the required number of jobs were created by the project and that the business plan was followed
Evidence: payroll records, relevant tax documents

Requirement: biometrics services
Evidence: applicant must attend USCIS biometrics appointment where the applicant’s fingerprints, signature and photograph are taken

Requirement: legal documents must be provided if the applicant has a criminal history Evidence: law enforcement statements, arrest records, sentencing records, probation or parole records, other court records relating to the criminal history.

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