USA

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Background

USA

Background

 

The United States of America is a highly developed country in the Americas. It has one of the strongest political and economical systems in the world and ranks high in a number of a socio-economic fields including education, health and safety.

 

With over 50 states and 300 million people in population, it is one of the largest countries both in size and total area.

The United States is a federal republic in which the presidentCongress, and courts share powers reserved to the national government according to its Constitution. At the same time, the federal government shares sovereignty with the state governments. Donald Trump is the current president of the USA.

Due to the size of the country, weather patterns differ significantly. But the USA experiences all four seasons to varying degrees depending on where you are.

Immigration

 

While there are many routes for immigration to the USA, our company deals only in the EB-5 program.

The EB-5 visa provides foreign nationals an opportunity to obtain a U.S. green card in return for making a job-creating investment within the United States.

Benefits of EB-5

 

  • Achieve U.S. Legal Permanent Resident Status (avg. 18 – 20  months)

  • Permanent Resident Status is conditional for 2 years

  • Green cards for you, your spouse and any children under 21 with a single visa application

  • The freedom to live, work, and retire anywhere in the U.S., regardless of the location of your EB-5 investment

  • An opportunity to diversify your investment portfolio in the United States

  • Access to a U.S. college education at the same cost that in-state residents pay

  • The choice to become a U.S. citizen approximately 5 years after receiving a conditional green card

Requirements

  • $1 million capital investment or $500,000 in a targeted employment area

  • The investment must be made in a for-profit U.S. commercial entity

  • The investment must create 10 full-time U.S. jobs for two years

EB-5 Routes & Costs

 

The EB-5 visa category is available to immigrants seeking to enter the United States in order to invest at least $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a Targeted Employment Area that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. Initially, there were two options for investing within the EB-5 category: creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. Then, in 1992, Congress introduced the Regional Center program, which is how over 90% of EB-5 investment is made today. Below is a summary of the requirements for each alternative. 

A. New Commercial Venture

 

To qualify you must:

  • Invest or be in the process of investing at least USD $1,000,000. If your investment is in a designated Targeted Employment Area (discussed further below), then the minimum investment requirement is USD $500,000

  • Benefit the U.S. economy by providing goods or services to U.S. markets

  • Create full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers. This includes U.S. citizens, Green Card holders (lawful permanent residents) and other individuals lawfully authorised to work in the United States. However it does not include you (the immigrant), or your spouse, sons or daughters

  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it through formulating business policy - for example as a corporate officer or board member

  • Targeted Employment Area is defined by law as "a rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average." 

 

B. Troubled Business

 

To qualify you must:

  • Invest in a business that has existed for at least two years

  • Invest in a business that has incurred a net loss, based on generally accepted accounting principles, for the 12 to 24 month period before you filed the Form I-526 Immigrant Petition by an Alien Entrepreneur

  • The loss for the 12 to 24 month period must be at least equal to 20 percent of the business's net worth before the loss

  • Maintain the number of jobs at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years

  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the troubled business or directly manage it through formulating business policy. For example as a corporate officer or board member

  • The same investment requirements of the new commercial enterprise investment apply to a troubled business investment ($1,000,000 or $500,000 in a targeted employment area)

 

C. Regional Service Center

 

To qualify you must:

  • Invest at least $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a Regional Center affiliated with a new commercial enterprise or a troubled business located within the area of the USCIS designated Regional Center. Regional Center's are defined and discussed here.

  • Create at least 10 new full-time jobs per investor, either directly or indirectly, through the capital investment

 

Costs (in USD)

Investment in New Commercial Venture

  • $1,000,000 (for troubled business, the minimum is $500,000)

Legal fees

  • Preparation of I-526 Immigration Petition - $10,000

  • Preparation I-485 Adjustment of Status - $3000 for main applicant (and $1000 for each dependent)

 

Filing Fees (to the USCIS): Single Applicant

  • I-526 - $1500  

  • I-485 Filing Fee - $1070

Federal Expenses

  • $300-400

Sub Total: $1,026,680

CM services fees

  • CM services - $1270

Grand Total: $1,027,950 (for a family of four - father, mother and two children)

*Please note costs will differ depending on number of family members.

Click here for costs for Troubled Business and Regional Service Center routes.

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about the EB-5 program or applying, please contact us by clicking here.

Special Notes

Our company is involved in a new commercial venture which has been approved for an EB-5 investment. Please contact us to learn more about it.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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