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How can I get an EB-5 visa by investing in corporate bonds?

The regional center projects are primarily real estate projects, which offer very low returns <1%. However, if you look at corporate bonds offered by established companies their rate of return is much higher, for example 3.7%. Is is possible to get EB-5 visas via corporate bonds?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Bonds do not create jobs, and bonds are not a commercial enterprise. Construction and operations of a for-profit enterprise create jobs.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    This is not only about investment but is primarily about job creation. You must prove your investment created jobs directly or indirectly. Regular corporate bonds are unlikely to qualify.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    The gist of EB-5 is job creation. The traditional corporate bond cannot create jobs.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    I have never heard of this being an option. The EB-5 program is not designed for high rates of return as your money must be at risk.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, EB5 requires that you invest in a job-creating economic activity. There are plenty of EB5 projects that offer returns higher than 1%.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    The simple answer is no. You must invest in an active business that will have 10 employees. I would suggest you examine a Regional Center which is not real estate oriented.