LAW OFFICE OF JIMENA G. CABRERA
SPECIALIZING EXCLUSIVELY IN IMMIGRATION LAW
EB-5 INVESTOR REPRESENTATION
Thank you for visiting my website. Whether you are an investor who has already done research about the EB-5 process or this is new to you, here you will find very helpful information. However, if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As we have stressed along this website, we ONLY represent investors, this is important because in the EB-5 industry we have to be careful of bias. We do not represent Regional Centers. We only represent investors and their families to obtain lawful permanent status and subsequently the citizenship.
The Immigrant Investor Program allows you and your immediate family (spouse and children under 21) to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States if you invest a minimum of $900,000.00. The money invested should come from a lawful verifiable source.
The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment. The investor can invest in a new commercial enterprise or in a troubled business. There are 10,000 EB-5 immigrant visas available annually. Since 1992, 3,000 EB-5 visas are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.
There are two distinct EB-5 pathways for an immigrant investor to gain lawful permanent residence for themselves and their immediate family—the Basic Program/Direct Investment and the Regional Center Program. Both programs require that the immigrant make a capital investment of either $900,000 or $1,800,000 depending on whether the investment is in a Targeted Employment Area [TEA] or not.
The new commercial enterprise must create or preserve 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two year period) of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR).
The minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1.8 million. However, if the investment is made in a Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area), the minimum qualifying investment is $900,000.
Capital means cash, equipment, inventory, other tangible property, cash equivalents and indebtedness secured by assets owned by the alien entrepreneur, provided that the alien entrepreneur is personally and primarily liable and that the assets of the new commercial enterprise upon which the petition is based are not used to secure any of the indebtedness. All capital shall be valued at fair-market value in United States dollars.
Assets acquired directly or indirectly by unlawful means such as criminal activities are not acceptable forms of capital. In practice, USCIS is very strict about reviewing the legitimacy of funds.
*The information contained herein is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not intended for legal advice. You must consult with an attorney to obtain specific, comprehensive legal advice. Government processing times may change at any time. For current USCIS processing times contact USCIS directly.