Benefits of a Passive Investment in an EB-5 Regional Center

The United States is viewed as the land of opportunity for immigrants who want to start their own businesses, seek employment, and, now more than ever, for those who want to invest in American businesses. After all, America is a country founded by immigrants. 

The United States government promotes foreign investment through the EB-5 Program, a federally approved program that allows foreign investors and their families to move to the United States and receive permanent residence, also known as a Green Card, in exchange for a minimum $900,000 qualifying investment in a new or existing business. 

There are only two ways to take advantage of the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program; the first is a Direct Investment, where the foreign investor acquires or creates a New Business Enterprise (NCE) and is personally responsible for the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs. The second way to take advantage of the EB-5 program is by making a passive investment through an EB-5 Regional Center project. 


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What is an EB-5 Regional Center for Immigrant Investors, and how is it different from an EB-5 Direct Investment?

An EB-5 Regional Center is an organization licensed by the US federal government to provide financial oversight through annual audits, site visits, and the establishment of capital release criteria. While the federal EB-5 regulatory requirements for an investment in an EB-5 Regional Center and a direct investment are similar in more ways than one, the key differences are that an investment in an EB-5 Regional Center offers the benefits added to indirect and induced investments, job creation, a relatively faster application process and the freedom to travel, work and live anywhere without the burden of managing business operations. EB-5 investors could make a reduced regional center investment of US $ 900,000, if the EB-5 Regional Center project is specifically located within a TEA or rural area. 

EB-5 Regional Center Benefits

There are no management requirements

As an EB-5 investor, when investing in the EB-5 program through a Regional Center, there are two main obligations; committing capital to an authorized EB-5 project and verifying that it has created 10 jobs. Thus, no other requirement is necessary for the investor to participate in the day-to-day operations of the new commercial enterprise or business in which he invests. This allows the EB-5 investor to focus on their own businesses not directly linked to their immigration status, simply allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of residency in the United States.

You and your family can reside in any city in the US regardless of where your EB-5 project is located

The EB-5 Regional Center investment model was created to manage EB-5 investor funds. As a result, the EB-5 investor is not required to be physically present in the business in which he is investing. This means that the investor and his family are free to live and work anywhere in the US, without the burden of managing the day-to-day operations of a business while having to create and maintain ten full-time positions.

Your spouse and all of your children under the age of 21 can be simultaneous beneficiaries of your EB-5 petition.

The US EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides the investor’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 the opportunity to be beneficiaries of the principal investor’s EB-5 petition. The spouse and children will also receive Green Cards and a clear path to US citizenship.

You will get your Green Card faster and more efficiently (US permanent residence)

An obvious advantage of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program is that it is one of the fastest ways to acquire a US green card. This is because the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is the only program of immigration that gives you Conditional Permanent Residence a few months after its approval.


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