More EB-5 Visa Information
There is a considerable amount of information that an applicant should understand prior to entering the EB-5 visa program. Our EB-5 basics pages provides in depth resources for determining one's eligibility to participate in the EB-5 visa program to immigrate to the United States. This includes EB-5 information about the program’s background, requirements, process, Regional Centers, projects, permanent residency, and U.S. citizenship. Our EB-5 forms section also gives an overview of the various forms and applications that are required during the EB-5 visa process. For a more in-depth look at the program, we have also accumulated even more in depth information about the EB-5 program. This information includes information about obtaining EB-5 Regional Center designation, Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), international immigrant investor programs, SEC securities matters, and glossary.
How to become an EB-5 Regional Center
There are many advantages to becoming an EB-5 Regional Center. These advantages include a source of low interest alternative financing for U.S. business entities that can be used across a variety of diverse businesses. EB-5 investors who invest in Regional Centers are also subject to less stringent job creation requirements than those who invest in projects that are run independent from a Regional Center. Regional Centers can count induced and indirect jobs created by their project towards the EB-5 job creation requirements which can be easier to document and generate. There are 6 general steps that those seeking Regional Center designation must satisfy. These steps include establishing the Regional Center’s scope, acquiring professionals needed to help with the establishment process, submitting the I-924 USCIS application, submitting I-526 petitions to the USCIS, administering EB-5 projects, and filing I-829 petitions.
Targeted Employment Areas
A Targeted Employment Area (TEA) is a geographic area that has received special designation from the state where it is located or the USCIS. EB-5 visa applicants who invest in a project located in a TEA may be eligible for a lowered minimum investment amount. Rather than being required to invest $1 million dollars, those who invest to EB-5 projects located in a Targeted Employment Area may only be required to invest $500,000. To qualify for TEA designation, an EB-5 project must either be located in a region with high unemployment or in a rural location.
EB-5 Securities Matters
EB-5 investments may be subject to strict regulation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission if the investment qualifies as a security. Securities include stocks, bonds, notes, and investment contracts. If the investment qualifies as a security then it is subject to very costly regulations that can slow down the EB-5 visa process. However, EB-5 investments can qualify for securities exemption if all regulations are closely followed and certain criteria are met.