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How can we tell if our business qualifies for an EB-5 sale?

My family has a small business in the Bay Area. There is a Chinese investor who is interested in purchasing it in order to obtain an EB-5 visa. How can we tell if our business qualifies for that type of sale? Will we have any added responsibilities if we decide to sell to an EB-5 investor versus a non-EB-5 investor?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    For the EB-5 investor to be successful in his process, he will need to create at least 10 jobs (probably more if the business is considered as "existing" for EB-5 purposes) and he needs to have an active management role. The business type does not really matter as long as it is for-profit and can meet those requirements.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most business purchases will not qualify. EB-5 is not just an investment program, it is a job creation program. Therefore, the investor must show that he or she will sustain the investment and that the new commercial enterprise (established after 11/26/1990) will create the required number of jobs within two years. If the investor plans to add ten new full-time jobs for U.S. workers in that time frame, then it might have a chance. As the seller of the business, you do not have any added responsibilities if you sell to an EB-5 investor versus a non-EB-5 investor.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    An experienced EB-5 immigration attorney will be able to assist you and give you directions. If this is a direct EB-5 investment in an existing business, then the investment will have to create an additional ten full-time jobs.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    The biggest question an EB-5 investor will have to answer is, Will investment in your company be able to produce 10 new jobs? Once you sell your business to either EB-5 or another investor, you are through with it unless there are conditions to the sale.

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    Oliver Huiyue Qiu

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are many factors to consider. To list a few things, typically in a private EB-5 sale, the investor would ask the original owner to stay and continue to manage the business. In addition, unlike a non-EB-5 investor whose sole interest may be profits, here the EB-5 investor may value a risk averse approach so long as the business could last over the course of the green card process, which could be four years.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It should not affect you in any way. The investor should get an opinion from an experienced immigration attorney on whether the new business will qualify for EB-5 if this is critical to his/her decision to purchase.

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    Robert Lee

    Immigration Attorney
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    In so far as the sale of the business, the $500,000 or $1 million from the investor must be transferred before their I-526 submission. However, your business will be considered an existing business. This means the EB-5 investor will have to create 10 additional jobs for the business.

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