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What counts towards the EB-5 investment amount?

I am considering a business for EB-5 visa purposes. In the case of investment in my own business, will the purchase of the commercial property be counted as part of the $1 million minimum investment? In general, what counts towards the EB-5 investment amount?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    The purchase of commercial property certainly may count for EB-5 purposes. The key is a good business plan and the showing of a nexus or connection between the full commitment of capital to the new commercial enterprise and the creation of 10 jobs. If the business is an active, for profit enterprise that will create at least ten full time positions for U.S. workers, then using some of the capital for purchasing commercial property could work.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Investment must be committed to job creation of at least 10 full time jobs in a direct EB-5 setting. Purchase of land will not generally be counted for job creation. Machinery, inventory, equipment, etc. would generally count.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    The investment must be $1 million and must create the required jobs. How it is invested within the company is not necessarily the biggest concern. Of course, the purchase of property to operate a business may very well be a part of the $1 million investment capital.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your question goes toward the uses of the EB-5 investment funds, which can be for many purposes. Generally, purchasing land would not count, as that generally does not result in job creation. In addition, if you are investing into your own business, you would likely not be affiliated with a regional center, so the jobs would have to be created directly by the business. Purchasing land does not help with that.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    Real property can be counted as part of the investment amount. However, this is a complex question that should be directed to your investment immigration attorney.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    The purchase of a commercial building may be counted, but not the purchase of land. The statute provides for cash, equipment, inventory and other tangible property.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    You really want to create a new commercial enterprise. The investment must directly create jobs, so not sure that purchasing commercial property will help.

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    Ally Bolour

    Immigration Attorney
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    Purchase of commercial property may be OK if it is doing business and generating economic expansion. Just collecting rent on a strip mall would not do this.

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    Abhinav Lohia

    Immigration Attorney
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    Purchase of real estate usually does not count towards EB-5 investment. You may include closing costs (attorney fees, etc.) for property, cost of inventory and machinery. Your usual business expenses such as payroll, utilities, insurance and taxes may be included.

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