EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

Overview

To stimulate economic activity, create jobs for U.S. workers, while simultaneously affording foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to become permanent residents, Congress created a separate EB-5 program in 1993—the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. This program sets aside 3,000 green cards each year for foreign investors who invest in “designated regional centers.”

The EB-5 regional center program does not require the company in which the investor put his or her money to itself employ 10 U.S. workers. Instead, it is enough if 10 or more jobs are created directly or indirectly as a result of the investment. This program also differs from the regular EB-5 visa provisions in that it permits private and governmental agencies to be certified as regional centers.

Presently, Nevada has two federally certified regional centers—the Nevada Regional Economic Development Center and the Clark County Regional Center.The capital investment requirement for any EB-5 investor, inside or outside of a regional center is $1 million. The capital investment requirement for an investor in a “targeted employment area” or rural area is $500,000.

President Obama signed legislation extending the program until September 30, 2012.

Advantages to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

No quota backlogs
There are multi-year backlogs for may employment or family-based green card categories.

No sponsor needed
Investors use their own personal funds and do not require a sponsorship from an employer or family
member.

Approved regional center investment programs
Many of the approved EB-5 regional centers allow investors to invest in pre-arranged programs for only $500,000 plus administrative fees.

Permanent residency lifestyle
Investors may enter a limited partnership with few or no day-to-day responsibilities for their investment program—allowing foreign investors to live and work in the U.S. in any capacity.

For more information on the EB-5 Visa or Immigrant Investor Pilot Program and a list of Nevada's USCIS-approved Regional Centers, visit: www.uscis.gov

Consumer/Investor Protection Statement and Disclaimer for EB-5 Promotional Activities

Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained herein constitutes nor is intended to constitute an endorsement of any kind by the Nevada Commission on Economic Development of the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) -approved Regional EB-5 Centers in Nevada, their projects or representatives. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Any links to USCIS are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement by the Nevada Commission on Economic Development of the linked materials.

The State of Nevada, its officers, agents and employees expressly disclaim any and all liability for any damages, losses or other expenses arising in connection with any Regional EB-5 Center or its projects, including any statements or express or implied warranties by any Regional EB-5 Center relating to investment. Investors should exercise due diligence before making an EB-5 investment.  There are no guarantees that an investor will be granted unconditional permanent resident status through an EB-5 investment.

A regional center designation means the USCIS recognizes the entity as a participant in the EB-5 Pilot Program; and, acknowledges that the business plans and econometric models appear to be feasible to create the requisite direct or indirect jobs.  It does not mean that the regional center’s capital investment projects are backed or guaranteed by the government.

This is a program of the United States federal government and is monitored by USCIS. Inquiries about the status of any EB5 regional center should be directed to the EB-5 mailbox of USCIS at:  uscis.immigrantinvestorprogram@dhs.gov.