The EB-5 visa program offers foreign investors the opportunity to apply for U.S. permanent residency by making an investment of $900,000 or $1.8 million in an entity that will create 10 U.S. jobs. Applicants have the option to make an investment in an entity associated with a USCIS-approved regional center, which enables them to take advantage of direct and indirect job creation outside of that entity, or to make an investment that is not sponsored by a regional center, which requires they demonstrate job creation directly by their investment entity. In a regional center sponsored-project, both direct and indirect jobs created by the investment entity or an associated entity (a job-creating entity) may be counted to satisfy the job creation requirements. For a direct EB-5 investment, only full-time jobs created directly by the investment entity may be counted towards the job creation requirements. Many believe the job-creating requirements of the EB-5 visa program are more lenient for investors in regional center projects, because both direct and indirect jobs can be taken into the calculation. Regional centers can also help EB-5 investors who are unable or don’t want to manage the day-to-day operation of a job-creating commercial enterprise.