Immigrant Investors (EB-5)
Permanent Residency through Immigrant Investors
Congress created the fifth employment-based
preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category
in 1990 for immigrants seeking to enter
the U.S. to engage in a commercial enterprise
that will benefit the U.S. economy by substantial
investment and creation of jobs for U.S.
a. The basic amount required to invest in
the new commercial enterprise is $1 million,
although that amount may be $500,000 if
the investment is made in a “targeted
employment area” ;
b. Benefit U.S. economy;
c. Create full-time employment for at least
10 U.S. workers; and
d. The investor must have a policy making
role in the enterprise.
Assuming USCIS approves an investor’s
I-526 petition, he or she becomes conditional
permanent resident for two years. An I-829
petition to remove the condition must be
filed within 90 days before 2nd anniversary.