Created in 1992, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program allows for a qualified foreign national to be eligible for permanent US Residency by making an investment into an eligible project in the US.
The EB-5 Program allows the investor (and family) to obtain permanent US Residency (Green Card) — sometimes in as little as twelve months. The ability to pursue US Residency comes in exchange for an investment of $500,000 USD with a USCIS accredited Regional Center (such as CiF), which allocates the funds into a US project that creates jobs for US workers.
The application process for this program is relatively simple and the main criteria are:
- Qualification— To invest, applicants must first be qualified for investment. This is based on their net worth, income, status as a non-US person, and/or other criteria.
- Source of Funds— The investor need to document that the investment capital was lawfully acquired. CiF will work with the investor and immigration attorneys to compile the necessary documentation.
- Background— At the time of application, the investor will complete a background questionnaire for CiF. This will prepare the investor and the investor's attorney for the US government's standard background check, which will occur during the immigration process.