EB-5 Regional Center Introduction to EB-5 Investment Immigration
EB-5 Investment Immigration is created by the US Immigration Service for investors in 1990. By investing in the US, foreign citizens can obtain green cards. Applicants need to invest at least $ 900,000 in a U.S. investment or high unemployment local area to get a green card. The US Congress allocates about 10,000 places per year to green cards for foreigners who invest in the United States. This qualifying investment must be a new business and create at least 10 full-time jobs. If eligible investments are made, EB-5 investors, their spouses, and underage unmarried children can apply for a conditional green card, then a permanent green card, and finally U.S. citizenship.
(1) Direct investment
(2) Invest through EB-5 regional center Indirect Investment
Applicants who choose to apply for an EB-5 visa as a "single investment" must find, supervise and directly manage their own investment project, which is more suitable for some applicants who wish to take care of the investment project themselves. EB-5 visa applicants can also invest through EB-5 regional centers.
1. Overseas applicants invest in a specific area under Regional center where are approved and designated by the government in order to effectively promote local economic development in the United States.
2. Companies registered in the United States need to obtain USCIS approval before they can engage in EB-5 investment immigration investment financing.
Investing through the EB-5 Regional Center is more suitable for applicants who just want to immigrate and do not have much requirement in investment efforts and management. The Regional Center is designated by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to manage EB-5 investment projects. The concept of a regional center is to create job opportunities indirectly, you only need to invest money, you don't have to manage the business yourself. In this way, investors can avoid the need to consider separate investment projects, thereby reducing the pressure on investors. Therefore, investing through a regional center is more suitable for those who do not want to take over the management of investment. About 90% of EB-5 applicants have invested through regional centers.
Advantages vs disadvantages of applying for an EB-5 regional center
High success rate: Regional centers provide job opportunities indirectly through investment projects that have been approved by USCIS for commercial projects with a high success rate and stability.
Stable returns: The return rate of investment in regional centers may not be as high as direct investment, but relatively stable.
Easy management: Investors only need to provide funds and do not need to participate in the project plan.
No residency restrictions: Investors can choose to live anywhere in the United States and do not need to live in the location of the investment project.
Cost required: If investing in a regional center through an immigration company, agency fees and management fees may be required.
Dangerous items: Some regional center projects failed, immigration consultants or immigration lawyers may cooperate with the regional center, and disregard the rights of investors and still conceal the fact that the fundraising from investors is a fraud.