To help create jobs for American workers, Congress created the EB-5 visa for foreign investors. There are 10,000 of these visas available every year, and to increase your chances of securing one, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney.
I am Houston investor visa lawyer Donald Robinowitz, and I am committed to helping foreign investors obtain EB-5 visas. I provide a thorough analysis of every potential immigrant’s situation. My job is to make sure you have the information you need to make intelligent decisions about your immigration plans and then guide you through the entire process. With nearly 15 years of immigration law experience, you can trust my ability to help you achieve your goals.
EB-5 Investor Visa Requirements
To obtain an EB-5 visa, a potential immigrant must meet the following requirements:
- Establish a new business in the United States or invest in a qualified existing business
- Minimum investment of $1 million, or $500,000 if the investment is in a targeted employment area (rural areas or high-unemployment areas)
- Create at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
- Demonstrate the intent to be a resident, which can be shown by opening bank accounts, getting a Social Security Number or buying a home
Regional Center Program
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has chosen certain companies to pool foreign investments and use the money for specific projects. If a foreign investor wants to invest in a regional center, the required investment amount is usually reduced to $500,000, and the immigrant does not have to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the business. It is very important to thoroughly investigate the company that you are thinking about working with. As an experienced Houston immigration lawyer, I can help make sure the company is qualified to receive your investment.
Green Card Benefits
One of the most important benefits of an EB-5 visa is that the visa holder and his or her family members (spouse and unmarried minor children) receive a conditional green card. After two years, the conditional status can be removed and the green card becomes permanent.