What Is EB-5?

USCIS administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.

The EB-5 visa provides a method of obtaining a Green Card for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States. To obtain the visa, individuals must invest $1,000,000 (or at least $500,000 in a "Targeted Employment Area" - high unemployment or rural area), creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers excluding the investor and their immediate family.

What Is a Regional Center?

In October 1992, the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) commonly referred to as Regional Center Pilot Program was created by Section 610 of Public Law 102-395.

EB-5 requirements for an investor under the Pilot Program are essentially the same as in the basic EB-5 investor program, except the Pilot Program provides for investments that are affiliated with an economic unit known as a “Regional Center”. These investments allow for a less restrictive job creation requirement based upon the creation of “indirect” and “direct” jobs.

A Regional Center must: focus on a contiguous geographical region of the United States and promote economic growth through: increased export sales (if any), improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment.

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