The EB-5 Program provides qualified foreign investors with the opportunity to obtain a green card (permanent U.S. Residency). An EB-5 Visa means you can live and work anywhere in the United States.
The EB-5 visa (Fifth Employment-Based Preference) for immigrant investors is a United States visa created by the Immigration Act of 1990. It was designed to stimulate U.S. economic activity and job growth while enabling eligible immigrants to become lawful permanent residents. Congress created the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program, also called the EB-5 Direct Investment Program, as a permanent ongoing program. The EB-5 Program provides qualified foreign investors and their family (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 years) green cards in exchange for investing in job-creating new commercial enterprises in the U.S. It is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
In 1992 Congress introduced the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program as a pilot program. It requires continual reauthorization by Congress. The EB-5 Regional Center Program is a popular component of the EB-5 Program; 90% of all EB-5 investment is made through USCIS designated Regional Centers. EB-5 visas (up to 10,000 annually) are set aside for investors in projects sponsored by Regional Centers.
Learn how investing through a Regional Center differs from an EB-5 Direct Investment, here.