Wealthy foreigners can get ahead of the line of people waiting to immigrate to the U.S., by investing $500, 000 in projects that create atleast 10 jobs. This program gets them legal residency in 22 months unlike the other visa programs that take several years. For instance, a fast food franchise can raise $1 million from two foreign investors looking to obtain green card, by hiring 20 employees. The EB-5 visa “is like a fastpass at Disneyland,” said Clem Turner, a lawyer at Homeier & Law, who advises companies on these types of deals.The EB-5 visa program has become very popular in recent years with real estate developers relying on EB-5 funds for their projects. According to Invest in the USA , in the fiscal year 2013 alone, $2 billion investment has been raised through EB-5 visas. California came on top with $438 million in investments, followed by New York with $379 in investment.