The EB-5 Program

The EB-5 Program Overview

  • Congress created the fifth employment-based preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category in 1990 for qualified foreigners seeking to invest in a business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create or save at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
  • The basic amount required to invest is $1.4 million, although that amount is reduced to $900,000 if the investment is made in a rural or high unemployment area (i.e., “Targeted Employment Area” (TEA)).
  • Of the 10,000 EB-5 green cards available each year, 3,000 are reserved for foreign nationals who invest through a Regional Center. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that approximately more then 90% of EB-5 visas are based on Regional Center investments.
  • Foreign national investment through the EB-5 program promotes widespread economic growth, in addition to the creation of numerous American jobs. All investors must meet the stringent requirements and screening processes mandated by the USCIS.

Investor Benefits

  • Family: The EB-5 program allows the foreign investor and his or her immediate family (spouse and all unmarried children under the age of 21) to immigrate to the U. S., obtain a green card, and proceed to U.S. citizenship with the benefits of a U.S. passport, while at the same time they invest their money in a project of their choosing.
  • Regional Center Advantage: The Regional Center Investment Program aids foreign investors by directing and professionally managing their investment in the designated business and geographic focus of their Regional Center.
  • Expediency: Obtaining citizenship through an EB-5 investment is considerably more expeditious than traditional methods of immigration, some of which can take as long as ten years or more. Through an EB-5 investment, investors can typically obtain permanent residency within 3-5 years.
  • Personal and Professional Freedom: Freedom to live, work, and retire anywhere in the U.S.
  • Convenience: No visa sponsor requirements
  • Children’s Education: Access to public elementary, middle, and high-schools and in-state tuition at public colleges and universities

The Economics of EB-5

  • Spending associated with EB-5 investors contributed $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP and supported over 42,000 U.S. jobs in 2012.
  • Spending by EB-5 investors also contributed $448 million to federal tax revenues and $265 million to state and local tax revenues.


What is an EB-5 Regional Center?
What do Regional Centers do?
How are EB-5 investments affiliated with Regional Centers structured?
Are EB-5 regional center financing options cheaper for companies than other sources of capital?
What risks do investors face in EB-5 regional center investments?
What kind of financial commitment do EB-5 investors make?
What risk do companies have in accepting EB-5 investments?
How do EB-5 regional centers help communities?