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How does EB-4 Visa Program for international investors work?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Employment Immigration

In today’s interconnected global economy, there are new ways for nations to create jobs and attract foreign investment.

In the United States, the EB-5 Visa Program aims to use international capital and innovation to help the country thrive. Likewise, this program allows investors across the world to move to the United States.

Investing in the economy

Under the EB-5 Visa Program, investors bring their expertise and capital to help build commercial enterprises. By helping to grow businesses and start new ventures, global investors play a vital role in capital infusion. In 2022, $177.5 billion in international investments enhanced the economy, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Understanding the requirements

To qualify for the EB-5 Visa Program, investors must meet specific thresholds. One option is to invest in a new commercial enterprise established after 1990. Organizations formed before then might need restructuring to be eligible.

Required investing amounts vary based on the filing date and the location of the investment. In some rural areas and communities with high unemployment, the minimum investment is lower. To remain relevant over time, these requirements are also subject to inflation adjustments.

Defining eligibility for investments

Capital for the EB-5 Visa Program can include various forms of tangible assets and cash. However, exclusions apply to assets gained through illegal means. Investors must establish legal ownership of any invested capital to participate in the program. Investments with specific debt arrangements or repayment rights may also be ineligible.

The EB-5 Visa Program reflects the importance of attracting global talent and capital while providing a pathway to legal residency for international investors.