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EB-5 Visa

Here is a list of all the fees and costs that are needed for an EB5 Visa:

  1. EB-5 Investment: US$ 1,050,000 or US$ 800,000 if located in a targeted employment area (TEA).
  2. USCIS Form I-526 Filing Fee:  US$ 3,675.
  3. Immigration Lawyer Legal Fee: depend on the Lawyer.
  4. Immigrant Visa Application Fee or Adjustment of Status Fee:  
    1. Form I-485 is US$ 1,225 per person (Adjustment of Status).
    2. Form DS-260 is US$ 345 per person (Visa Processing).
  5. USCIS Form I-829 Filing Fee: US$ 3,750.
  6. Administration Fee for Regional Center: US$ 50,000 to US$ 70,000 depending on the regional center (if you invest in a regional center).
  7. EB-5 Business Plan: US$ 3,500 (if you do a direct investment).
  8. Business Entity Formation: depending on the company or lawyer.
  9. Document Translations: depending on the company.
  10. GIS Application Fee: US$ 30,000 for main applicant. US$ 40,000 for applicant + spouse and US$ 2,000 for each additional dependant.

* These fees are subject to change and apply for one applicant.

* All fees quoted are in US dollars.

E-2 Visa

There are five main E-2 Visa fees that are necessary throughout the E-2 Visa process:

  1. Investment in Your E-2 Business: at least US$ 150,000.
  2. E-2 Visa Application Fee or USCIS Filing Fee:

    Change of Status Apply for new E-2 Visa
    • If you are filing a petition for a change of status through USCIS, the filing fee for the Form I-129 is US$ 460.
    • If you have dependents included in your change of status petition (such as a spouse and child) you will have to file a Form I-539. The filing fee for the Form I-539 is US$ 370.
    • The E-2 visa is also eligible for premium processing. This means that you have the option to pay an additional US$ 1,440 to have your E-2 petition processed in 15 days.
    • If you are applying for an E-2 visa at a US embassy or consulate in your home country, you will have to file a DS-160. You and each of your dependents (spouse and children) will be charged a fee of US$ 205 (each) to process your DS-160.
    • Depending on your country of citizenship, you may also be charged a small fee once your E-2 visa is issued at the Consulate or the Embassy.
  3. Immigration Lawyer Fee: depend on the company you choose.
  4. Business Entity Formation: depending on the lawyer or company you work with.
  5. Business Plan: depending on the company you work with (should be created by a company that specializes in immigration business plans).
  6. GIS Application Fee: US$ 30,000 for main applicant. US$ 40,000 for applicant + spouse and US$ 2,000 for each additional dependant.

* These fees are subject to change and apply for one applicant.

* All fees quoted are in US dollars.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

1. What is an EB- 5 Visa?

The United States EB-5 visa is an Immigrant Investor Visa Program that allows 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 U.S permanent resident.

According to new EB-5 visa regualations, you must deposit at least $800,000 if investing in TEAs (Targeted Employment Area) and $1.05 million for other locations to get an EB-5 visa. The duration for approval lasts for 3-4 years

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 U.S citizen apart from election rights.The children can stay in school for free of tuition until age 18 and then can attend higher education at a lower tuition rates compared to foreign students. After 5 years, the investors and his/her family can apply for the U.S 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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