Frequently asked questions

In our continued effort to make it easier for you, Frequantly asked questions, will help you clear your doubts

How do I apply for an EB-5 Visa?
  • Consult an EB-5 advisor to identifying a viable EB-5 project
  • Choose and invest in a project that is located in a targeted employment area to reduce investment by 50%
  • Show a legal source on income which can include Loans, Property mortgage or any other documented source
  • Receive 2-year conditional Permanent Residency
  • Upgrade to unconditional Permanent Residency after 2 years
What is the minimum amount of investment required?
Investments in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA), can qualify for PR with a minimum of $500,000. For areas other than TEA, the minimum amount of investment is $1 million.
What is a “Targeted Employment Area"?
A targeted employment area is an area that has experienced a high unemployment rate. Of the 10,000 visas available for investors, 3,000 are reserved for investments in targeted employment areas.
What are Regional Centers?
An EB-5 regional center is an economic unit, public or private, in the United States that is involved with promoting economic growth. Regional centers are designated by USCIS for participation in the Immigrant Investor Program.
Who may apply for EB-5?
Any person who can
  • Invest the required amount into the American business, a new business or an existing one
  • Show documented proof of income being from a legal source
  • There are no language, business, or education requirements for applicants.
Is there a minimum education requirement for the applicant?
There is no minimum qualification required.
Are gifts by parents or relatives be used for an EB-5 Visa?
Gifts by parents or relatives be used. As long as it is demonstrated that the gift is an actual transaction and is not an undocumented loan or that the gifted funds are expected to be given back after permanent resident status is granted.
How many jobs need to be created?
Each EB-5 investor must create 10 direct or indirect permanent jobs for U.S. workers in order to obtain a “Green Card”.
What is an I-924 EXEMPLAR EB 5 project?
I-924 exemplar approval means that the EB-5 project has been pre-approved by USCIS and the project’s supporting documents (e.g. offering documents, business plan, and economic report) are given deference in the filling of associated I-526 petitions. Thus, it is believed that such I-526 petitions may be adjudicated faster since USCIS would not have to re-adjudicate the project documentation.
Is it recommended to consult an immigration attorney while applying for an EB 5 Visa?
Though not required, it is highly recommended that an EB-5 investor engage an immigration attorney with EB-5 experience to assist him/her in the process.
If you are already in the United States, you can apply for permanent resident status without having to return to your home country to complete processing. This process is called “Adjustment of Status.” If you are outside of the United States, you may apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. This pathway is referred to as “Consular Processing.”
What is “CONDITIONAL” and “PERMANENT” Residency status?
An investor receives a residence that is valid for a 2-year period and is the type of permanent residency that an EB-5 investor will first receive following an approval of their adjustment of status application or after consular processing. The application to remove conditions on permanent residency, Form I-829, is filed during the 90-day period immediately before the second anniversary of the EB-5 investor’s admission to the United States as a conditional permanent resident. On approval USCIS approves the I-829 petition, the conditions will be removed from the lawful permanent resident status of the EB-5 investor and any included derivatives, thereby granting them permanent residency status.
Is a conditional Permanent resident free to travel in and out of USA?
The conditional PR is free to travel in and out of the United States subject to the rules generally applicable to permanent residents. Specifically, he or she must maintain a residence in the United States and must not be outside the United States for a continuous period of one year or more, unless he or she has obtained a reentry permit.
Who can apply for PR through the EB-5 Program?
The primary investor who makes the investment as well as their spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21.
How do you remove conditions on Permanent Residence?
The applicant must prove that the investment has been sustained – not withdrawn – and that the requisite jobs have been created as a result of the investment.