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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is for entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21). They are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they make the required investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In 1992, Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program. This sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers approved by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

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In order to be eligible, the investor must be investing in a business that was established after November 29, 1990, that is for-profit, and creates or preserves at least ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. The investment may be in the form of money, equipment, inventory, or property that the foreign investor is personally and primarily liable for. To qualify as an immigrant investor, a foreign national must invest, without borrowing, the following minimum qualifying capital dollar amounts in a qualifying commercial enterprise:


  •     $1,000,000 (U.S.); or

  •     $500,000 (U.S.) in a high-unemployment or rural area, considered a targeted employment area. 

With an approved Petition, the spouse and children (under 21) can be admitted into the United States and apply for Permanent Residency along with the principal applicant.

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