The EB-5, Green Card through investment, was created to promote investments in businesses and to create and preserve jobs in the U.S. You can become a lawful permanent resident by establishing a new commercial enterprise and provide full-time employment to at least ten U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, or other immigrants with employment authorization.
Benefits of the Green Card: EB-5
- You have unlimited right to live anywhere in the U.S.
- You do not require an employment authorization to accept employment.
- You can develop and run your own business.
- You do not need a family member or employer to sponsor you.
- You can sponsor Green Cards for your relatives.
Requirements for the Green Card: EB-5
You may be eligible for Green Card through investment by having invested or be in the process of investing the required amount of capital in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. The investment must benefit the U.S. economy and create ten of full-time jobs for qualified persons within the U.S.
- Creating a New Commercial Enterprise: You may create a new commercial enterprise by:
- Creating an original business.
- Purchasing an existing business and simultaneously or subsequently restructuring or reorganizing the business such that a new commercial enterprise results.
- Expanding an existing business by 140 per cent of the pre-investment number of jobs or net worth, or retaining all existing jobs in a troubled business that has lost 20 per cent of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months.
- Investing in a New Commercial Enterprise: You must have invested or be actively in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 in the new commercial enterprise, unless the investment is to be made in a targeted employment area, in which case the investment must be at least $500,000.
- Benefit the U.S. Economy and Create Jobs: Your engagement in a new commercial enterprise must benefit the U.S. economy and:
- Create full-time employment for not fewer than ten qualified individuals.
- Maintain the number of existing employees at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years, where the capital investment is being made in a “troubled business,” which is a business that has been in existence for at least two years and that has lost 20 per cent of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months.