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EB-5 Immigrant Investor - Law Office of Lani Cao

EB-5 Immigrant Investor

The EB-5 immigrant visa classification allows investors to obtain legal permanent residence in the U.S. by investing a large sum of funds into a new or existing commercial enterprise. The EB-5 category requires an investment of $1 million in a commercial enterprise.  However, the $1 million investment amount is lowered to $500,000 if the individual invests in an EB-5 project located in a rural or high unemployment area designated as a “Targeted Employment Area” (TEA). Additionally, the investment must produce at least ten full-time qualifying jobs.

For those who do not wish to be actively involved in the daily operations of an investment, they may wish to select an EB-5 Regional Center Investment Project. Eb-5 Regional Center Investment projects are pre-approved and pre-existing investment projects in which individuals can obtain an ownership interest in the investment enterprise without having to be involved in the day-to-day management of Upon approval of the EB-5 petition, the principal (including the spouse and unmarried children under 21) will be granted conditional U.S. legal residency for a two year period. The investor may file a petition to remove the condition by showing the following:

· Investor has invested in and sustained the investment over the two year period

· Investor has created or will create within a reasonable time 10 full-time qualifying jobs

The petition to remove the condition must be filed within 90 days of the two-year conditional residency expiration date. Upon its approval, the investor and any accompanying dependents will be granted legal permanent residence.

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