The US EB-5 program offers permanent residence to investors making at-risk investments of $1 million in an enterprise or Regional Center, which is reduced to $500,000 if such enterprise or Regional Center is located in a rural area or a Targeted Employment Area. Further, the investment must, in order for the applicant to qualify for the green card, comply with additional job creation requirements.
Pending the announcement of a revised program requiring increased investment thresholds, the EB-5 visa is also cheaper than many other programs offering citizenship or permanent residence and thus very popular amongst investor, globally. High demand for the visa has led to an increase in abuses of a growing number of projects affecting the status of thousands of the investor applicants. With the program under ongoing scrutiny over regulatory violations and other issues, investors are advised to carry out effective due diligence of their proposed investment to ensure it complies with INS requirements. This is an ongoing requirement.
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