6 EB-5 Visa Requirements You Need to Know About

6 EB-5 Visa Requirements You Need to Know About

The EB-5 Visa provides investors and entrepreneurs an opportunity to get a green card, for themselves and their family, by investing in a U.S. business.

 

This can be a great immigration option for foreign investors if they can satisfy the EB-5 requirements.

 

If you are considering whether an EB-5 visa is right for you, you should take some time to learn about the EB-5 visa requirements.

 

This article will cover all 6 key requirements for the EB-5 visa.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com

 

Now lets get started . . .

 

As, I mentioned there are 6 main requirements to get an EB-5 visa:

 

1. Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise

2. Invest a Minimum of $1,800,000 (or $900,000 for TEAs)

3. Create 10 Full-Time Jobs for US Workers

4. Lawful Source of Funds

5. Funds Must be ‘At-Risk’

6. Engage in the Management of the New Commercial Enterprise

 

1. Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise

 

As an EB-5 investor, you are required to invest in what is referred to as a “new commercial enterprise.”

 

A new commercial enterprise is a for-profit business, conducting lawful activities, that was formed after November 29, 1990.

 

For-profit means that the business’s purpose is to generate a profit. Non-profit businesses will not qualify.

 

If your business was formed on or before November 29, 1990 there are some exceptions that may allow the business to qualify as a new commercial enterprise.

 

One exception is if you increase the size of the business to the point where there is a 40% increase in the net worth of the business or if there is a 40% increase in the number of employees.

 

Another exception is if you substantially restructure or reorganize the business.

 

New commercial enterprises come in all forms.

 

As an investor, you have two options. You can make a direct investment or you can invest in a regional center.

 

There are 3 types of direct investments: you can purchase an existing business, invest in an existing business, or start a brand new business (all examples of direct investments).

 

You can also choose to invest in a large scale business entity known as a regional center.

 

Regional centers are business entities regulated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Regional centers pool together funds from many EB-5 investors to invest in a major development.

 

Each of these options has different pros and cons. The option you choose will be based on your particular business goals.

 

For example, if you want a lot of control over the business, you will probably choose to start your own business or purchase an existing business.

 

If you would rather have very little involvement in the business, you will probably choose to invest in a regional center. With regional centers, a managing member will handle all of the day-to-day management responsibilities.

 

2. Invest a Minimum of $1,800,000 (or $900,000 if Investment is in TEA)

 

As an EB-5 investor you are required to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in the new commercial enterprise.

 

This amount is reduced to $900,000 if you choose to invest in a targeted employment area.

 

Targeted employment areas are areas with an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average or rural areas.

 

Rural areas are defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act as areas not located within any metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and not located within any city or town with a population of 20,000 or more.

 

Because of how restrictive the rural area definition is, most TEAs are based on high unemployment.

 

Tip: As the rules currently stand, more areas than you think can qualify as TEAs. The current procedures for TEA designation allow attorneys to average the unemployment rate of multiple contiguous census tracts to achieve the required unemployment rate.

 

I know that this sounds confusing, but all you need to know is that through the process mentioned above, very prominent areas within Beverly Hills and Marina del Rey have qualified as TEAs.

 

If you plan on investing in a TEA, speak to an immigration attorney early so that they can help you determine if the area of your intended business will qualify.

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3. Create 10 Full-Time Jobs for US Workers

 

Your investment must lead to the creation of 10 jobs. Specifically, you must create full-time jobs for “qualified workers.”

 

Full-time means that the employees must work at least 35 hours per week.

 

Qualified workers are US citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other immigrants that have the appropriate authorization to work for your company.

 

People in the United States in nonimmigrant status will not qualify for the job creation requirement.

 

Your children and spouse will not qualify for the job creation requirement.

 

Two part-time jobs do not count as one full-time jobs.

 

1 full-time job can be shared between 2 qualified workers.

 

Difference Between Direct Jobs and Indirect Jobs…

 

Another important part of the job creation requirement is to know what kinds of jobs count.

 

There are 2 types of jobs that may qualify for an EB-5 visa:

 

1. Direct Jobs

 

2. Indirect Jobs

 

Direct Jobs

 

Direct jobs jobs are jobs actually created by the new commercial enterprise.

 

The new commercial enterprise must be the employer of the employee.

 

Example:

 

If the new commercial enterprise is a hotel, the direct jobs would be the hotel staff

 

Indirect and Induced Jobs

 

Indirect and Induced jobs are not created directly by the new commercial enterprise but are created as a result of the new commercial enterprise.

 

Example:

 

If the new commercial enterprise is a hotel, the jobs created by the hotels furniture supplier are indirect jobs.

 

The jobs created by the local stores, as a result of increased business brought by the new commercial enterprise, are induced jobs.

 

One of the big differences between regional centers and direct investments is that regional centers can count direct jobs, indirect jobs, and induced jobs.

 

Direct investments can only count the direct jobs created.

 

4. Lawful Source of Funds

 

The capital you use to invest in the new commercial enterprise must come from a lawful source.

 

This means that you must have earned the money lawfully (no illegal activity).

 

The investment capital can come from many different sources such as:

 

  • your accumulated savings over a long period of time
  • from selling a property
  • from selling your business
  • through inheritance
  • by receiving a gift
  • and many other ways

 

This is one of the most complex areas of the EB-5 visa.

 

As an EB-5 investor you must show USCIS exactly how you earned your funds. This process requires careful planning with your immigration lawyer.

 

You must also trace the path of funds.

 

This is a requirement within the source of funds that many people don’t think about.

 

By path of funds, I am referring to each step of the way from the time you receive the funds (or earlier), until the time the funds are deposited into the bank account of the new commercial enterprise.

 

Example:

 

Lets say your investment is coming from a the sale of a property that you own.

 

To Show the Source of Funds…

 

First, you will want to show how you acquired the means to purchase the property.

 

If its from employment earnings, you will want to provide your resume, a description of your job duties, your various degrees and professional credentials, and your tax returns for the past several years.

 

You will also want to provide the documents of the sale including the official purchase and sale agreement and a letter attesting to the terms of the sale.

 

To Show the Path of Funds…

 

First, you will include your bank statement immediately before the proceeds of the sale were deposited into your account.

 

Second, you will include a bank statement of your account immediately after the proceeds from the sale of the property enter your account.

 

Third, you will include bank statements immediately before and after the money is wired from your account to the bank account of the new commercial enterprise.

 

Fourth, you will include a receipt of the wire transfer order form.

 

Keep in mind: The above example is simplified to give you a general idea of the source and path of funds requirement.

 

There are many other documents that would need to be included in the above example depending on the details of the case.

 

If you are interested in planning out your source of funds, feel free to reach me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

I would be happy to give you more detailed information based on your specific situation.

 

5. Investment Funds Must be "At-Risk"

 

One of the most important requirements of the EB-5 visa is that you must place your funds “at-risk” for the purpose of generating a profit.

 

To satisfy this requirement, your investment funds must be subject to total loss or gain.

 

You cannot show a mere “intent” to invest with no present commitment. You must show an “actual commitment” to investing the required amount of capital.

 

To meet the actual commitment standard, you can place your funds in an escrow account. You can make the disbursement of the funds conditional on the approval of you Form I-526 and subsequent visa issuance or successful adjustment of status.

 

You cannot be guaranteed a return on your investment. This would contradict the “at-risk” requirement as it would resemble a debt-arrangement as opposed to an actual investment.

 

You cannot have the right to demand a return of any portion of your investment or to redeem any portion of your investment in the new commercial enterprise.

 

Be Careful:

 

Look out for any projects that guarantee you any sort of return on your investment or promise you property of any kind.

 

For example, if the project guarantees you a portion of real estate or equipment owned by the business, that guarantee will directly conflict with the at-risk requirement.

 

The expected present value of what you are guaranteed will not count toward the amount you invested, when determining whether you satisfy the minimum investment amount.

 

Think about it, your investment funds aren't subject to total loss if you’re guaranteed a return in the form of money or assets.

 

A few more points regarding the ‘at-risk’ requirement:

 

Your investment funds cannot just sit in the business bank account as reserves.

 

The funds must have a nexus to job creation.

 

Your investment cannot resemble a debt arrangement.

 

You can still receive a return on your capital investment, as long as the return isn't a portion of your initial investment and wasn't guaranteed.

 

Through the at-risk requirement, USCIS put in place measures to ensure that you are committed to the success of the project.

 

By requiring you to place your investment capital at-risk, the government is creating a situation where you are likely to conduct the necessary research and due-diligence before investing in a project.

 

6. Engage in the Management of the New Commercial Enterprise

 

As an EB-5 investor, you are required to engage in the management of the business.

 

You cannot just be a passive investor.

 

There are 2 ways to satisfy this requirement:

 

1. Handling the day to day managerial responsibilities; or

 

2. Exercising policy formulation

 

This requirement can be satisfied pretty easily.

 

You can prove that you have sufficient engagement in the management by providing a statement of your title within the new commercial enterprise, along with a description of your duties.

 

If the new commercial enterprise is structured as a corporation, you can prove sufficient management by providing evidence that you are a corporate officer or a member of the board of directors.

 

If the new commercial enterprise is a limited partnership, you can demonstrate sufficient management as a limited partner by showing that the limited partnership agreement provides you with the rights, powers, and duties normally granted to limited partners (such as voting rights).

 

Quick Recap:

 

The EB-5 visa is a great option for foreign investors looking to immigrate to the United States.

 

If you are considering an EB-5 visa, make sure that you are able to clearly satisfy all 6 requirements of the EB-5 program.

 

In addition to reviewing the contents of this article, you should consult directly with an immigration attorney that handles EB-5 cases.

 

Ashoori Law is a Los Angeles based immigration law firm that provides legal services including complete handling of EB-5 visa petitions.

 

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them for you.

 

You can reach me directly via email at Michael@AshooriLaw.com

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22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen Pourkhomami
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
Rw Right
17:39 06 Jun 20
Look no further. There are solid reasons why they get straight 5 stars in this review.They work as a (great) team and everyone is very knowledgeable and reliable. Micheal posts timely insightful topics on Youtube, in addition to answering all of... your personal questions quickly and responsively.read more
Morne Begemann
09:10 03 Jun 20
We recently needed the assistance of a law firm and due to the fact that we had limited time available to submit our application, many of the law firms that we contacted were not able to assist us. We then came in contact with Michael from Ashoori... Law. Not only did they assist us with our application, they also provided us with efficient, professional service. They really went out of their way to make sure that we meet the deadline and provided us with regular updates on the process. What a wonderful and stress free experience! I would definitely recommend Ashoori Law’s services to any potential clients.read more
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00:03 16 May 20
Very helpful expert in immigration he help me out in temporary passporthighly recommended
Jackson Lee
02:08 15 May 20
Ashoori and Lahaina are very professional and detail. They responded to my questions with terms that I can understand without any hidden agenda.I wish I hired them when I first applying my E2. They are the lowest in fees and most professional... immigration lawyer that I had encounter. We go through all the process through phone and email without meeting in person and I got my E2 renewal approved.Way better then any immigration lawyer that I had meet in person in NYC.Will definitely stick with them and recommend them to all my friends and family.read more
Paula T. Lança de Lima
19:27 08 May 20
Michael was amazing!! He gave his full support all the way through with my process and he would always update me and guide me when necessary. Extremely satisfied with his work. (real client)
persia falcon
21:00 05 May 20
Michael and his team were experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. I would recommend them to my friends.
Vergel Cornelio
02:15 02 May 20
Michael's law firm is compose of professionals who are working more than the sake of their clients. They care on their clients with their situation and help without limitation. They attend to all questions timely and return with immediate solutions... to secure all will be resolved and all worries were eased. I highly recommend and refer this firm to all related US re-entry and immigration concerns.read more
Brandon Kim
09:17 01 May 20
Utilizing the services of Ashoori Law has been a pleasure and an outstanding experience. I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs immigration assistance. With the help of Ashoori Law my spouse and I were able to get our immigration... documents seamlessly and without no issues. Ashoori Law is very customer oriented and from Day 1 is always available for you if you have any questions or concerns. Going forward, my spouse and I definitely plan to use Ashoori Law for future immigration services.read more
Divina Chingcuanco
01:33 29 Apr 20
Michael Ashoori is reliable and responds to inquiries with very short waiting time. His law firm handled my travel document efficiently even if it was within a very narrow window. He has kindly mailed my travel document in the most expeditious way... possible. I will definitely engage his services again if I need this type of legal service.read more
Jerome Berniere
00:04 25 Apr 20
Michael and his team are great! I had them recommended to me by my community who used them. Starting from an initial consultation, to working on the paperwork, to submitting to USCIS, everything as been smooth without any issue. In addition, they... answered all the question we had - SUPER fast - or whenever we called them they were very responsive.read more
Richard Norton
03:17 24 Apr 20
I recently employed the services of Michael Ashoori and Ashoori Law to help with the lodging of a Re Entry Visa for my wife and myself. I am delighted with the result and the expediency with which Asoori Law handled our application.We now have... approval of our visas and couldn't be happier. One of the stand out aspects of dealing with Ashoori was the fact that I could tel or email Michael at any-time and would always receive a prompt response by return email. This personal connection with the company during the process made me feel I was dealing with a friend and that I could reach out to at any time I had a question, rather than being treated as another client. I can in all confidence recommend Ashoori Law for Immigration matters due to this wonderful experience and the way my application was handled. Sincerely. Richard and Judy Norton.read more
Beth Jinks
22:17 23 Apr 20
Ashoori Law handled my green card travel document renewal application professionally and got results faster than I anticipated. Their preliminary phone advice saved my family from unnecessary Transpacific travel, and their subsequent paperwork... management and guidance made the process much less daunting. Ashoori understand the nuances of a changing USA immigration system, and I highly recommend retaining them to navigate it with you. I've tackled similar paperwork alone before, but after this experience I'll be working with Ashoori again in the future.read more
Kuldeep Kaur
17:42 10 Apr 20
I had question about eb1 process and my alternatives to stay along with priority date timelines ie options to move over to another visa type like h1, to continue waiting for green card processing, all of my questions are very well taken by the... immigration consultant ( Karla Samayoa) , she has very strong hold on the processes and options available to candidates, i would certainly recommend her for immigration consulting on l1a visa and eb1 visa and green card application. I give her 5 startsThank youread more
Hansel Gonzalez
13:56 09 Apr 20
I reached out to Ashoori Law in order to obtain my US Re-Entry permit late last year. The whole team was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to my many questions. Michael himself would answer any questions along the way after submission, which... assured me my case was important and on their radar. Having worked with various immigration lawyers in various countries I’ve worked at (6, so far), I know that is not always the case. I recommend to consider Ashoori Law for your US immigration needs, and I expect to reach out to them whenever I next need services in regards to US immigration.read more
ajay sharma
18:04 08 Apr 20
Michael and his team members are very professional and easy to work with. For my reentry permit application I was running bit tight on time but Michael helped all possible way to make the process smoother and faster.Their process of data... collection, fees etc are very streamlined and transparent.Michale was always approachable and very fast on his responses. He always made sure that I get the latest update immediately if their office heard anything about my case.In short, I highly recommend Michael and his team. You will enjoy working with them.read more
Tiyu Wang
14:27 18 Mar 20
Working with Michael was a pleasure from the beginning to the end. Through the experience of obtaining my re-entry permit, I got to witness first-hand his professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail.Some things that I really... appreciated:-Taking the time to work out the strategy for me, explaining the options I have and the solutions to potential situations that could arise.-Responding quickly and with well-thought out responses, when I emailed him with questions.-Being very meticulous (him as well as his staff) in ensuring the that logistics of my application were executed expediently and carefully.My case was not a big one, yet Michael behaved as if it were a big case. For that he certainly has earned my return business for immigration cases in the future, and I heartily recommend his services to anyone looking for a truly exceptional immigration lawyer.read more
Nello Trops
13:26 12 Mar 20
I have retained Ashoori Law for my immigration needs, I did work with a previous immigration attorney as well this is what I can say. The amount of information Ashoori Law provides to the general public by maintaining newsletters, blogs etc... sold... me, Ashhori Law takes the time to inform the general public and educate the general public who is interested in immigrated to the US that is of great value. After hiring Ashhori Law the process was smooth and clear, the response times are optimal. They are honest and are not just sitting around trying to make a quick buck when there's no hope. They truly advise you properly and are very transparent as well, no hidden fees. They were successful in filling my immigration needs and hands down I can recommend them to all my friends and contacts. Michael and Lahaina are professionals, they respond quickly and inform you quickly of any changes if any. I will definitely use them again in the near future. Thank youread more
emma Daniels
02:18 06 Mar 20
Karla was Very friendly to chat with and helpful
James Corcoran
14:38 05 Mar 20
I posting this for my wife in China VPN not workingI am so impressed by Mr. Michael Ashoori and will not hesitate to recommend him to you as one of the best immigration attorneys!!!For my case, I had an urgent timeline to apply for a re-entry... permit. To make it more complicated, I had multiple international travel plans during the application period. I reached out to quite a few attorneys for assistances. They either turned me down directly due to the time constrain or did not reply at all. On the contrary, Michael assured the feasibility of such an application during the first teleconference. Just as what he told me, all worked out perfectly under his coordination.To me, the following sets Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team apart from most of his peers:1) He is not only knowledge of the immigration laws and regulations but also highly familiar of the immigration authorities’ operation details. This is extremely critical to an urgent case since every step matters.2) He has the right AI system setup to monitor the daily workflows and handle the repetition workloads. Therefore, his team can focus on the key variables and client interactions efficiently.3) His fee is very reasonable and competitive.4) He cares about his clients as a friend. That is precious in a business world.You are in good hands if you pick Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team!read more
Humayun Tariq
08:09 05 Mar 20
I applied for the re- entry permit with Micheal Ashoori. I can say without a doubt, Micheal is the most helpful lawyer I have found there. What I love about Micheal is that he is really accessible to anyone, unlike other lawyers. He is always... available for a consultation call and clears out the queries patiently. He gives the best advice suited to the situation which has really helped me out with my planning.When I decided to apply for my re- entry permit with Micheal, he assisted me throughout the process. I just had to mail him the signed copy of the application and rest was handled by him and his team.Also, his team members, specifically Lahaina Araneta, are a joy to work with. They have been very responsive on e-mail even if it is late at night.Micheal, along with his team members, is very polite and never rushes an answer.I would definitely recommend everyone to work with Micheal if they need legal assistance in delicate matters such as immigration. He is the best you can get out there in terms of being responsible, responsive and accessible.read more
Sriram Akella
06:07 27 Feb 20
Worked with Micheal for applying reentry permits for my wife and myself. He prepared all the paper work and was ready so that we could file the day we landed in US. Very Friendly and answered all my questions with patience.Would definitely... recommend him for any immigration related work.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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