Foreign nationals interested in the EB-5 visa often have many questions about the program’s eligibility requirements, the minimum investment amount, the wait time for an EB-5 Green Card, and other aspects of the process. Remaining compliant with USCIS requirements for EB-5 investors can be challenging, and an investor’s immigration success and financial outcome hang in the balance.
Still, there are relatively few reliable resources for individuals who want to learn about the EB-5 program; much of the content available online is outdated, presented in a highly technical format, or even misleading. Prospective investors may be hard-pressed to find straightforward explanations of basic EB-5 requirements, such as the at-risk status of the investment funds and the job creation criteria.
Further, the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 recently introduced new provisions for investors, including concurrent filing and set-aside visa categories. The act also introduced stringent reporting and transparency requirements for EB-5 regional centers and fund managers.
As there are now several new aspects of the EB-5 program and USCIS has stricter standards for regional centers and EB-5 projects, it is more crucial than ever for investors to stay informed and carefully select a project that complies with all the applicable criteria. If EB-5 applicants invest in a project that fails to comply with the new rules, they risk losing their Green Cards and their investment capital.
EB5AN helps investors address these challenges by dispensing up-to-date, detailed answers to their most common questions on the EB-5 program. The new FAQ entries are carefully tailored to provide concrete explanations of the eligibility criteria, immigration requirements, and, of particular interest to investors, guidelines for selecting a low-risk EB-5 project.
EB5AN managing partner and co-founder Sam Silverman notes that the new FAQ page fills a vital need in the EB-5 industry: “EB-5 visa applicants and their families face a degree of immigration and financial risk when they make an investment, and their success ultimately depends on compliance with USCIS standards and their EB-5 projects’ financial viability. EB5AN is proud to offer investors a transparent source of information that will allow them to make informed decisions on the EB-5 program before committing their hard-earned funds.”
This accessible resource will also be of use to other professionals in the field of EB-5 immigration, including regional center operators, project developers, promoters, and immigration attorneys.
The 21 categories in EB5AN’s FAQ page include the following popular topics:
• EB-5 Program Basics
• EB-5 Project Selection and Due Diligence
• Investor USCIS Filings
• Personal Investor Requirements
• Family Member Treatment
• Source of Funds
• Residence Requirements and Benefits
• Visa Application and Approval Timing
• U.S. Citizenship
• U.S. Tax Treatment
• Visa Interviews and Consular Processing
• Selecting EB-5 Professionals
“While other firms in the industry sometimes offer biased information, our main commitment is helping our clients succeed and find the safest possible investment opportunities from both an immigration and financial standpoint,” Silverman concludes. “In fact, we have already helped over 2,000 families make low-risk EB-5 investments, and many of our clients already enjoy U.S. Green Cards. There’s no question that EB-5 investors who are well-informed on how the program works before starting the immigration process have significantly higher chances of success.”
Inquiries should be sent by e-mail to [email protected].
EB5 Affiliate Network is an internationally known EB-5 investment fund manager, regional center operator, and consultancy that has facilitated more than $1 billion of investment under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program. EB5AN works with firms in multiple industries to create high-quality direct and regional center-sponsored investment offerings throughout the United States. EB5AN’s investment funds serve immigrant investors from more than 60 countries with a portfolio of low-risk investments in world-class business ventures.
Created in 1990, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program has long been a gateway to the United States for foreign nationals living abroad, as well as by those already working or studying in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas including H-1B, L-1B, and F-1. Thousands of families from all over the world have successfully immigrated by making a job-creating investment in a U.S.-based business enterprise. The EB-5 program has facilitated billions of dollars of foreign direct investment into the United States and created tens of thousands of jobs over the last three decades.
The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 15, 2022. The Act renews the EB-5 regional center program and makes significant policy changes affecting both direct and regional center investment, with the goal of increasing transparency and accountability and reducing fraud.
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