The EB-5 visa for Immigrant Investors is a United States visa created by the Immigration Act of 1990. This visa provides a method of obtaining the "Green Card" for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States.
To obtain the visa, individuals must invest a minimum of $1,800,000 (or $900,000 if in a "Targeted Employment Area" - an area of high unemployment), creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers excluding the investor and their immediate family. Investments can be made directly into a new or existing job-generating commercial enterprise, or into a "Regional Center" - a 3rd party-managed investment vehicle, which assumes the responsibility of creating the requisite jobs. Regional Centers may charge an administration fee for managing the investor's investment.
If the foreign investor's application is approved, the investor and their dependents will be granted conditional permanent residence valid for two years. After two years the investor may apply for permanent residency (the "Green Card"). After five years of residency (conditional plus permanent) the investor may apply for U.S. citizenship.
International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable. The applicant and their family receive full citizenship and passports.
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