Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Investment Visas: Win-Win Propositions

Investor Visas serve as an important vehicle for foreign nationals and their spouses and minor children to enter the United States with the chance of gaining permanent residence and possibly U.S. citizenship - while at the same time stimulating the U.S. economy as a result of their investment.
The EB-5 Visa results in the holder getting a green card upon acceptance.
The 3 main requirements for this visa are that the investment must:  
  • Be a minimum investment of $500,000
  • Create 10 or more jobs for U.S. workers
  • Be utilized to create new jobs in a "targeted [geographic] area" of high unemployment.

Note: There is a separate classification, which covers investments of $1 million or more. These also have to create 10 or more American jobs but, because of the higher threshold, they do not have to be located in high unemployment areas, meaning the funding can be invested anywhere in the United States.

Many of the investments that occur are conducted through a "middle man" known as a regional center. This is an organization approved by U.S. immigration officials that essentially serves as a bank. It takes an individual investor's money and incorporates it into part of a larger investment vehicle, thereby creating a much greater number of jobs at one time.

For example, a regional center may have been given a project to build a hotel in Manhattan which will create hundreds of jobs, and may take in dozens of investors. Rather than having an investor create his or her own small business (which would have to create only 10 jobs) an investor can work through the regional center. This makes it easier for investors by taking a lot of the pressure and the logistical work off of their shoulders.
Our firm attracts interest from people from all over the world looking to receive U.S. residency through investments. It's a win-win situation because these foreign nationals are getting a way to come here and live in the United States, and Americans are reaping the significant benefits of increased capital and new job creation.

Mitchell C. Zwaik
Long Island, NY
Brooklyn, NY
(631) 588-4040


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  2. Good to know about the EB-5 Visa holder will get a green card and the holder's 3 main requirements for this visa are investment at least $500,000 , Create 10 or more jobs for U.S. workers and create new jobs in a "targeted [geographic] area" of high unemployment. Thanks for sharing this valuable info here. Take it up.