Due Diligence: An investor should request an offering statement from the regional center and review the details of the proposed EB-5 investment. The investor should consider factors relating to the regional center’s ability to show creation of the minimum of ten U.S. full-time jobs attributable to the investor’s investment.
Investment: To apply for an EB-5 investment visa, an investor must make a qualifying investment of a minimum of $1 million, or $500,000 if the business or regional center is located in a rural or targeted employment area.
Application for Visa: After making a qualifying investment, the investor must file Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, with supporting evidence requirements. If the petition is granted, the investor will apply for a two-year conditional green card by filing Form I-485 if the investor is already in the U.S. or by applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate. If the petition is denied, the regional center will refund the investment.
Application to Remove Visa Conditions: Within 90 days of the two year anniversary of receipt of a conditional green card, the investor will apply to have the conditions removed. To have the conditions removed and to receive permanent residency in the U.S., the investor must file Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions, and show the investment is sustained and that a minimum of ten U.S. full-time jobs were created by the investor’s investment.
Eligibility for Citizenship: An investor is eligible for U.S. citizenship five years from the date conditional permanent residence was obtained.