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Time is running out for those wanting to take advantage of the “Rolls Royce” immigration option – the EB-5 Investor Green Card.
The EB-5 program’s minimum investment amount is set to nearly double on November 21st to $900,000. However investors can still lock in the current $500,000 TEA-investment rate and obtain a permanent resident visa (US green card) for their spouse and children under the age of 21. If you move fast, you may still manage to squeak in under the deadline.
FOR INFORMATION ONLY
Several countries around the world offer residency by investment or citizenship by investment programs. The United States’ immigrant investor program is called the “EB-5 Program” which requires an “at risk” investment by the foreign national and the creation of at least 10 new American jobs in order for applicants to obtain permanent residency.
The Congress of the United States established the EB-5 Program in 1990 with the intent to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment in the U.S. There are 10,000* EB-5 immigrant investor visas available annually and two distinct pathways under the EB-5 program: the Regional Center Program and the Direct Program. Roughly 98% of foreign nationals pursue their EB-5 visa through the Regional Center Program.
*(A single country is only eligible to receive 700 out of the 10,000 available globally, which helps explain why there is up to a 20 years waiting time for residents of China.. Hong Kong residents have only around 2 years.)
WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?
Under the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the foreign national invests through a Regional Center; a Regional Center is an entity that is authorized by the USCIS, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for administering the EB-5 Program.
A Regional Center’s authorization includes its ability operate within a defined geographic area in the U.S. and U.S. territories and to utilize economic modeling to determine the indirect and induced job impacts related to the foreign national’s investment.
The Regional Center typically offers Limited Partnerships in which multiple foreign nationals invest to, more likely than not, meet the requirements of the EB-5 program.
The EB-5 Program requires that the foreign national make a capital contribution of either $500,000 or $1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise located within the U.S. The capital contribution depends on whether the investment is a Targeted Employment Area (“TEA”) which would allow for the lesser capital contribution.
Simply put, EB-5 is a program allowing for lawful permanent residency by investment into the United States. A single investment may allow for the applicant, their spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to receive a permanent visa (Green Card). The EB-5 program requires, amongst other things:
• A minimum investment of $500,000 USD if located in a TEA (otherwise $1,000,000).
• Each investment must result in the creation of 10 new American jobs.
• A possibility of gain on the investment as well as the risk of loss.
Once the investment is made, the program requirements are met, and a permanent green card is received, the applicant (and their qualified family members) become lawful permanent residents of the United States, which provides for many benefits such as:
o There is no future requalification.
o Permanent residents are able to pursue educational opportunities within the United States at a lower cost and with fewer barriers.
o Permanent residents can live, work and travel anywhere within the United States.
o Permanent residency provides a pathway to U.S. Citizenship.
There is still time JUST to avoid the forthcoming increase to USD$900,000 for this Visa, but you need to act immediately. Complete the form below to meet the experts in Hong Kong until 15 November.
Remember, you must have the US$500,000 cash available right now to be able to meet the deadline
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