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Questions Commonly Asked Concerning The EB-5 Visa

1. The EB-5 Program advantages

One of the advantages of the EB-5 program is that it offers a way to receive a green card for investors and their family members. The investment of at least $900,000 must go into creating a commercial enterprise which in turn creates jobs for American workers.

2. EB-5 Regional Centers

Regional Centers work to make sure jobs are created in a certain geographic area. They are in charge of the EB-5 foreign investments for its particular area. Regional Centers work on projects that help the local economy grow. Nearly 3,000 EB-5 visas are dedicated to Regional Center investments.

Key Benefits Include:

  • Higher acceptance rates at top U.S. universities (over 20% to 40X improvement & not subject to international student quotas)
  • Reduced college tuition costs by up to 50% via access to in-state tuition and merit-based scholarship opportunities
  • Eliminate the need for employer sponsorship upon graduation and thus completely avoid the need for an H-1B visa
  • Unrestricted access to the best U.S. companies and professional firms and/or the ability to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Enable foreign professionals under H-1B or L1 visas to regain control over their careers and dramatically level the playing field
  • Earn significantly higher salaries/total compensation after graduation (vs. earnings in home country)
  • The protection, preservation and timely return of capital (typically within 5 to 6 years)
  • Direct path to U.S. citizenship (within 5 years of the conditional green card)

3. EB-5 Program Availability

It is not foreseen that the EB-5 program will change anytime in the near future. However, the EB-5 Regional Center Program does update from time to time.

4. EB-5 program cost

The current minimum investment is $900,000 for TEA programs and $1.8 million for non-TEA programs.

5. Length of time to obtain green cards via EB-5 programs

The time may be contingent upon the investor’s country of origin. For example, a number of countries such as China, India, and Vietnam, have been experiencing a backlog. This problem adds to the time to receive conditional permanent residency

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EB-5 Program Update:

The EB-5 Program has lapsed. The US Congress is discussing the legislation that authorizes the program while USCIS reviews the regulations and policies for filing. Because of the recent court ruling that reversed the 2019 Modernization regulations, the investment level has shifted temporarily from $900,000 back to $500,000.

If the program is reauthorized before the regulations are updated, there may be another window of opportunity to file at $500,000.

LCR expects the program to be reauthorized in February 2022, and continues to work with international families that want to explore alternative residency options.

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