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Overview of EB-5 Employment Based Category 5 (EB-5 Investment Visa). Green Card program.

Obtaining permanent resident status (the "Green Card") in the United States is generally restricted to three paths: Employment-based, Family-based and Entrepreneur-based programs.

Because the Family and Employment-based options are subject to long visa backlogs and other major obstacles, the EB-5 "Immigrant Entrepreneur" program has become one of the fastest and most reliable visa options offered by the United States. With relaxed eligibility qualifications and a special reserve of 10,000 visas, the EB-5 program opens the door to permanent resident status to retirees, entrepreneurs, students, business owners, professionals and more.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5.” The EB-5 visa category was created by the United States Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.

Through the Immigration Act of 1990 Investor VISA Program, Congress enacted the Immigration Act of 1990, which includes a program permitting foreign investors to obtain permanent residency in the United States.

The Regional Center
A special designation issued by the USCIS called "EB-5 Regional Center" ("RC") provides several major benefits to immigrants seeking residency through the traditional EB-5 program.
One of the most important advantages of working with a designated RC is relaxed job creation requirements — this is critical to obtaining and sustaining permanent residency. Normally, an immigrant must prove he created and sustained 10 new, direct employees over a 24 month period. Under the RC program, however, the immigrant can satisfy residency testing by showing indirect job creation. In other words, the immigrant does not need to show he directly employs any workers.
Another RC advantage is that immigrants may pool capital thereby reducing management responsibilities while increasing job creation results.