In 1990 the US Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program to encourage foreign investment in American companies that leads to job growth. Foreign nationals who choose to invest $1 million in new companies in the US are eligible for an EB-5 visa. A smaller investment of $500,000 is allowed in certain circumstances. Each year the US Citizenship and Immigration Services approves 10,000 such visas and bringing in billions of dollars of business investment that would otherwise be blocked.
How EB-5’s Work
The standards for the program are simple:
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