EB-5 Investment Planning
Helping Foreign Investors Understand Their Options
If you are an immigrant looking to invest in the United States, or if you own a business and are hoping to recruit foreign capital, WHGC can help you understand the different investment options that are available through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.
Minimum Investment Requirement
In order to obtain an EB-5 visa, one must invest a minimum of $1,000,000 of capital in a qualifying commercial enterprise, or $500,000 of capital in a commercial enterprise in a targeted employment area (TEA). A TEA is an officially recognized rural area or an area of high unemployment.
WHGC can help you find the best type of business, and the best location, for your EB-5 investment. We can also assist you with preparing sufficient evidence to document the lawful source of your EB-5 investment funds, an essential requirement of the EB-5 program.
Job Creation Requirement
To qualify for an EB-5 visa, the business investment must create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs. We will show you how to demonstrate that the enterprise will satisfy this requirement.
Standard (Stand-Alone) EB-5 Investments vs. Regional Centers
Investors can choose a standard EB-5 investment wherein one invests directly in a new commercial enterprise, or they can choose to invest in a qualifying regional center. A regional center is an officially designated entity involved with the promotion of economic growth. Such entities are allowed to satisfy the job creation requirement by “indirectly” creating jobs, and they do not require day-to-day, hands-on management. However, standard EB-5 investments offer more control. Both options involve risks, whether one makes a standard investment or an investment through a regional center, and it is important for investors to recognize these risks up front.
The Attorneys at WHGC Can Help
At WHGC, we will work closely with you during the entire EB-5 petition process. We will help you thoroughly weigh the risks and benefits of the decisions you make so that you will be able to choose the EB-5 investment path that is right for you.
If you are interested in learning more about the comprehensive EB-5 Investment services we offer, please contact us today.