EB-5 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visa

This EB-5 visa is a great option for investors and entrepreneurs to get a green card to the United States. With an EB-5 visa, you can live and work in the United States. You can also get a green card for your spouse, and your children through the EB-5 visa.

 

In this guide, I will explain the most important aspects of the EB-5 visa. 

 

If you have any questions, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I'm very responsive via email and would be happy to help you.

Overview:

 

1. What is the EB-5 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of an EB-5 Visa?

 

3. What are the Requirements to get an EB-5 Visa?

 

4. What is a New Commercial Enterprise?

 

5. What Types of Businesses Qualify for an EB-5 Investment?

 

6. What is a Targeted Employment Area?

 

7. What is a Regional Center?

 

8. What are the Differences Between Investing in a Regional Center and Making a Direct Investment?

 

9. What are  Some Examples of Lawful Sources of Funds for an EB-5 Visa?

 

10. Can I Use a Gift for my EB-5 Investment?

 

11. Does my Investment have to be Money or can I Invest Something Else of Value?

 

12. What does it mean for My Investment to be “At Risk?"

 

13. What is the Process of Getting an EB-5 Visa?

 

 14. How Long Does the Entire EB-5 Process Take?

 

15. Will the EB-5 Program Change in the Future and what will the Changes be?

 

16. What are the Details of the Job Creation Requirement?

 

17.  If I Buy a Business that Already has 10 Employees, will they Count Toward the 10 Jobs I’m Required to Create?

 

18. What Does it Mean for the EB-5 Investor to Engage in the Management of the Enterprise?

 

19. Can I Become a Citizen with an EB-5 Visa?

 

20. What Documents Do I need to Include in my EB-5 Application?

 

21. What is My Immigration Lawyer's Role in the EB-5 Visa Process?

 

22. How do I find a Business to Invest in for my EB-5 Visa?

 

23. Who Qualifies for an EB-5 Visa?

 

24. What is the "Visa Backlog" and who does it Affect?

 

25. When do my Investment Funds Need to be Invested in the EB-5 Business?

 

26. Can my Family Members Come to the US on my EB-5 Visa?

 

27. What does it mean for My Child to "Age-Out?"

 

28. Once my Visa is Approved How Soon do I have to Enter the United States?

 

29. Do I Have to Live in the US Once I have my Green Card?

 

30. If I Already Have a Business in the US can I Use it as my EB-5 Investment?

 

31. If I’m in the US on an E-2 Visa, can I Covert to an EB-5 Visa?

1. What is the EB-5 Visa?

 

The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa for investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who is looking to start a business in the USA. To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you are required to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in a US business. If your investment is located in an economically depressed area called a "targeted employment area," you may be eligible to invest a reduced amount of $900,000.

 

In addition to investing the minimum amount required, the business invested in must create 10 full-time jobs for US workers. The business must also be a commercial business that is for-profit. Real estate investments and non-profit enterprises do not qualify for EB-5.

 

To get an EB-5 visa, an investor can make a direct investment or they can invest in a regional center. Regional centers are specialized companies that collect investment funds from multiple EB-5 investors to fund a large-scale project such as a resort or apartment complex. A direct investment is any investment not made in a regional center. Examples of direct investments are if you start your own business or purchase an existing business.

 

The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa classification, so it leads to a green card for successful applicants. By getting an EB-5 visa, your spouse and children can also get their green card as well.

 

The process of getting a green card through the EB-5 visa has 2 main steps. You first become a conditional permanent resident for 2 years. You can remove the condition from your green card after 2 years by showing that you officially created 10 jobs for US workers, and that you kept your capital invested in the US business for the entire period of time (This process will be explained in detail down below).

 

Summary:

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa for investors and entrepreneurs. 

 

  • To get approved for an EB-5 visa, you are required to make an investment in a US company and create jobs for US workers.

  • With an EB-5 visa you can get a green card for yourself, your spouse, and children

 

2. What are the Benefits of an EB-5 Visa?

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa category, so as a successful EB-5 applicant, you can get your green card are be on the path to US citizenship.

 

  • As an EB-5 investor, your spouse and your unmarried children under 21 years old can also qualify to get their green cards.

 

  • Your children have access to a US education.

 

  • As an approved EB-5 visa holder, you do not have to work for a sponsor company. You are free to work in any lawful capacity.

 

  • You are free to live and work anywhere in the United States.

 

  • You are eligible to work in the US without having to apply for special work authorization.

 

3. What are the Requirements to get an EB-5 Visa?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa:

 

  • You must invest in a "new commercial enterprise."

 

  • You must invest at least $1,800,000 in the new commercial enterprise. (You may qualify to make a reduced investment of $900,000 if the investment is located in a "targeted employment area.")

 

  • Your investment must lead to the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • Your investment funds must be "at risk."

 

  •  The funds used for your investment must have been lawfully obtained.

 

  • You must engage in the management of the new commercial enterprise.

 

4. What is a New Commercial Enterprise?

 

  • A New Commercial Enterprise is a for-profit business, conducting lawful activities, that was established after November 29, 1990.

 

  • To qualify for an EB-5 visa, the company you invest in must qualify as a New Commercial Enterprise.

     

  • The activity conducted by a new commercial enterprise must be commercial. So owning and operating a piece of residential real estate wont qualify.

 

Businesses established on or before November 29, 1990 can also qualify as a new commercial enterprise if:

 

  • the investor substantially reorganizes or restructures the business; or

 

  • if the investor increases the size of the business so that there is: a 40% increase in the number of employees of the business; or a 40% increase in the net worth of the business.

 

5. What Types of Businesses Qualify for an EB-5 Investment?

 

Most types of business entities qualify for the EB-5 visa including:

 

  • sole proprietorships

 

  • limited and general partnerships

 

  • LLCs

 

  • and many more.

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you can:

 

  • Start a new business

 

  • Invest in an existing business

 

  • Buy an existing business

 

  • or, Invest in a regional center

 

 

6. What is a Targeted Employment Area?

 

  • As an EB-5 investor, you can qualify for a reduced investment amount of $900,000 if the business you invest in is located in a “targeted employment area.”

 

  • A targeted employment area is an area of high unemployment or a rural area (as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act).

 

  • An area of high-unemployment is an area that has an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average unemployment rate.

 

  • A rural area is an area that is not located within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and is not located within any city or town having a population of 20,000 people or more.

 

  • To qualify for the reduced investment amount, the new commercial enterprise must be principally doing business in the targeted employment area.

 

  • A business principally does business in the area where it “regularly, systematically, and continuously provides goods or services that support job creation.”

 

 

7. What is a Regional Center?

 

  • A regional center is a business entity regulated by USCIS, that is able to pool capital from multiple EB-5 investors to develop a project.

 

  • Regional centers must promote economic growth, regional productivity, and job creation. They usually develop large-scale hotels, resorts, and other real-estate projects.

 

 

8. What are the Differences Between Investing in a Regional Center and Making a Direct Investment?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, an investor can either make a direct investment or they can invest in a regional center.

 

  • Examples of direct investments include: starting a business, purchasing an existing business, or investing in an existing business.

 

  • An investor can also qualify for an EB-5 visa by investing in a regional center.

 

  • Regional centers obtain capital from many investors to develop a large-scale project.

 

  • The primary differences between direct investments and regional center investments have to do with the investors level of control in the investment and the way the jobs get calculated, to meet the EB-5 job creation requirement.

 

Control

 

Direct Investment

 

  • In a direct investment, the investor is usually the sole-owner of the business, or one of a few co-owners.

 

  • With direct investments, the investor usually has significant control of the business and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

Regional Center

 

  • In a regional center investment, the investor has much less control.

 

  • The investor is one out of several tens if not hundreds of investors.

 

  • The investor in a regional center investment has very little to no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

  • The investor’s control of the business is usually limited to basic voting rights.

 

Job Creation

 

  • One of the main requirements of the EB-5 program is that an investor’s investment must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • How the jobs get calculated depends on whether an investor makes a direct investment or whether they invest in a regional center.

 

  • For direct investments, the only jobs that count toward the job creation requirement are the jobs that are directly created by the new commercial enterprise; these are “direct jobs.”

 

  • A direct job is one where the new commercial enterprise is the employer.

 

  • Regional centers can count direct jobs and indirect jobs.

 

  • Indirect jobs are jobs “that are held outside of the new commercial enterprise but are created as a result of the new commercial enterprise.”

 

  • This means that regional centers are able to take credit for jobs that they don’t directly create. This includes jobs created as a result of the project the regional center is developing.

 

Example of the Job Creation Benefits of a Regional Center:

 

  • If a regional center develops a major hotel, it can take credit for all the employees of the hotel. These are direct jobs.

 

  • To build the hotel, the regional center would need suppliers for concrete, furniture, and other goods. These workers may get counted as indirect jobs.

 

  • Also, the development of the hotel would bring hundreds of new workers to the area and hundreds and thousands of guests. This influx of people would benefit surrounding businesses, including local restaurants and stores.

 

  • The regional center can also take credit for the jobs created by surrounding businesses as a result of their increased business. These are also indirect jobs.

 

  • But, if the same hotel investment is made as a direct investment, (not through a regional center), then the project cannot take credit for the indirect jobs.

 

  • Instead, the hotel would only be able to take credit for the direct jobs they create, like the hotel staff.

 

Another big difference between regional center investments and direct investments is how the investor proves job creation.

 

  • For direct investments, the investor must prove that 10 direct jobs were actually created. This means that the investor must submit the actual employment documents for each employee (including the Form I-9).

 

  • Regional centers do not have to prove the actual creation of each individual  job.

 

  • Instead, regional centers use economic multipliers and formulas that show the creation of the required number of jobs.

9. What are  Some Examples of Lawful Sources of Funds for an EB-5 Visa?

 

One of the key requirements of the EB-5 visa is that the funds used for an EB-5 investment must be lawfully obtained.

 

  • This means that the funds must have been obtained through lawful activity and cannot be obtained through any illegal conduct.

 

  • To prove this, you will submit many documents showing how the funds were earned, including bank statements and tax returns.

 

Some examples of lawful funds include:

 

  • Income earned from employment

 

  • Income from the sale of a property

 

  • A loan taken against equity in real estate

 

  • Income from the sale of a business

 

  • An inheritance

 

  • A gift

 

10. Can I Use a Gift for my EB-5 Investment?

 

  • Yes, the money you use as your EB-5 investment can be gifted to you by someone else.

 

  • Keep in mind, the funds must be in your possession before they are invested in the EB-5 business. The person giving the gift cannot invest the funds directly into the EB-5 business on your behalf.

 

  • You will still have to prove that the person that gifted you the funds obtained the funds lawfully. (The same is true if your EB-5 investment comes from an inheritance.)

 

11. Does my Investment have to be Money or can I Invest Something Else of Value?

 

  • No, an investor does not have to invest money to qualify for an EB-5 visa.

 

  • The EB-5 regulations require investors to make an investment of “capital” into a business.

 

Examples of capital include:

 

  • Cash

 

  • Inventory

 

  • Equipment

 

  • Cash equivalents

 

  • Other tangible property

 

  • Proceeds from a loan

 

Note: If you are using funds from a loan as your investment capital, the loan should be secured by your personal assets and you should be personally and primarily responsible for the loan.

 

Keep in mind: If you choose to invest a form of capital other than cash, such as inventory, the capital will be valued according to its fair market value.

 

12. What does it mean for My Investment to be “At Risk?"

 

Your EB-5 investment must be "at-risk" until the time you become an unconditional permanent resident.

 

  • Basically, what this means is that your investment funds must actually be spent and not just sit in your business's operating account.

 

While the regulations are not very clear, here are a few things to be aware of:

 

  • Your investment must be subject to either gain or loss.

 

  • You cannot receive any guarantee that the capital you invest will be returned to you.

 

  • You cannot be granted the right to redeem any part of your interest in the business.

 

  • Your funds must resemble an investment rather than a loan to the enterprise.

 

  • Your funds cannot just sit in a bank account nor can they be used as business reserves.

 

13. What is the Process of Getting an EB-5 Visa?

Here is a very basic overview of the EB-5 process:

 

Step 1 - Hire an Immigration Attorney

 

  • The first step in the EB-5 process is to hire an immigration attorney with experience handling EB-5 cases.

 

  • Your attorney can help you determine whether the EB-5 visa is the right option for you based on your immigration goals and circumstances.

 

  • Your attorney will work as your partner through the entire EB-5 process. They will analyze your EB-5 investment for immigration compliance. They will also prepare all the necessary documents to make sure that you meet all the EB-5 visa requirements.

Step 2 - Select an Investment

 

  • Select an EB-5 investment that you are comfortable with (after doing a lot of due diligence).

 

  • Your attorney should not provide you with any business related investment advice, unless they are competent to do so.

 

  • If you need investment advice, you should consider using a Registered Investment Advisor or a Broker/Dealer. Make sure they are competent in the EB-5 program.

 

  • Your attorney can help you make sure that the investment is compliant with the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa program.

Step 3 - Invest Your Funds

 

  • Invest your funds in the new commercial enterprise

 

  • When you file the Form I-526 you must show that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing your capital into the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You can transfer the funds into an escrow account. (The release of funds would be conditional on I-526 approval and adjustment of status or visa issuance.)

 

  • Evidence of mere intent to invest at a later date is insufficient.

Step 4 - File Form I-526

 

  • After putting together all the necessary documentation, your attorney will file the Form I-526 on your behalf.

 

  • The I-526 is the initial EB-5 petition.

 

  • If your I-526 is approved, you are eligible to apply for conditional permanent residency (a 2 year conditional green card).

 

  • Your green card is conditional for 2 years to allow for you to complete the EB-5 requirements. The requirements include creating 10 full-time jobs for US workers and maintaining an “at risk” investment in the project.

Step 5 - Adjustment of Status/Visa Processing

 

  • There are 2 ways to get your conditional green card. Depending on if you are inside or outside of the US, you will either adjust status in the US or you will go through consular processing abroad.

 

  • Adjustment of Status is done by by filing a Form I-485

 

  • Consular processing is done by filing a Form DS-260

Step 6 - File Form I-829

 

  • After 21 months of becoming a conditional permanent resident, you are eligible to have your attorney file a Form I-829 for you.

 

  • The Form I-829 is the application to have the condition removed from your green card. This is so you can become an unconditional permanent resident (a green card holder).

 

  • You are eligible to get the condition removed from your green card if you meet all the requirements of the EB-5 program. This is done by showing that your investment in the project was sustained and that you created the required 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

Step 7 - Naturalization (Optional)

 

  • After you’ve been a permanent resident for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for Naturalization, to become a US citizen.

 

14. How Long Does the Entire EB-5 Process Take?

I-526 Processing

 

  • It currently takes about 18 months on average for USCIS to process an I-526. (The 18 month timeline is excepted to improve in the future)

Adjustment of Status or Visa Processing

 

  • Adjustment of Status: takes about 6 months

 

  • Consular Processing: takes about 8 to 12 months

Conditional Permanent Residency:

 

  • For 2 years you are a conditional green card holder, until approval of your I-829 petition.

 

  • During this 2 year period you can live and work in the USA.

I-829 Processing

 

  • The current processing time for the Form I-829 is roughly 2.5 years. (This processing time is expected to speed-up in the future)

Permanent Residency (Green Card):

 

  • Once your I-829 is approved you are a permanent resident.

Naturalization

 

  • After being a permanent resident for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization to become a US citizen.

 

15. Will the EB-5 Program Change in the Future and what will the Changes be?

 

The EB-5 program has been criticized over the last few years for a variety of reasons. Critics of the program have stated the following complains against the EB-5 visa:

 

  • It is unethical for wealthy individuals to “buy their way into the United States.”

 

  • The investment amount is too low and must be increased.

 

  • The rules for designating a targeted employment areas are too easy. (There have been TEA investments located in wealthy areas such as Manhattan, NY and Beverly Hills, CA.)

 

  • Regional centers need more regulation and oversight based on the instances of fraud and abuse that have taken place with regional centers.

 

As a result of the criticism, there is a growing belief that changes will be coming to the EB-5 program sooner rather than later.

 

These changes are centered on:

 

  • increasing the required investment amount

 

  • reducing the number of targeted employment areas

 

  • and increasing the oversight of regional centers

 

While nothing has been finalized, it is likely that the minimum investment amount will go up soon, that targeted employment areas will lessen, and that regional centers will be regulated more.

16. What are the Details of the Job Creation Requirement?

 

  • For each EB-5 investment, 10 jobs must be created.

 

  • So, if there are 4 EB-5 investors, at least 40 jobs must be created.

 

  • The new commercial enterprise must create 10 full-time positions for qualifying employees.

 

  • Qualifying employees are US citizens, permanent residents, and/or other immigrants authorized to work in the US.

 

  • The EB-5 investor, their spouse, sons, and daughters do not count as qualifying employees.

 

  • Nonimmigrants and people that are not authorized to work in the US do not count as qualifying employees.

 

  • Keep in mind that these workers must be employed on a full-time basis (at least 35 hours per week).

 

  • Combining 2 part-time positions will not count as 1 full-time job, but you can have 2 or more employees share a full-time position (job sharing).

 

  • The jobs are expected to last for at least 2 years and cannot be seasonal, temporary, or intermittent jobs.

17. If I Buy a Business that Already has 10 Employees, will they Count Toward the 10 Jobs I’m Required to Create?

 

No, the EB-5 program requires your investment to create 10 new full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • If you buy an existing business, the jobs already in existence will not count toward your requirement to create 10 jobs.

 

  • You will have to create 10 jobs in addition to the jobs existing at the time you purchased the business.

 

  • There is an exception to this rule for troubled businesses.

 

  • A troubled business is a business that has been in existence for at least 2 years and has experienced a net loss of at least 20 percent of its net worth for the 12 or 24 month period before the date the EB-5 investor filed their Form I-526.

 

  • If a business is a troubled business, the investor may count the jobs they are saving as part of the 10 jobs they are required to create.

 

  • With a troubled business, you must show that you will at least maintain the level of jobs in existence before your EB-5 investment. The jobs should last for a period of at least 2 years.

 

  • Keep in mind: If the troubled business doesn't have 10 employees, you will still have to hire more employees to reach the 10 employee minimum.

 

  • For example: if a troubled business only has 5 full-time employees, then you are responsible to preserve those 5 jobs and create another 5 full-time jobs.

18. What Does it Mean for the EB-5 Investor to Engage in the Management of the Enterprise?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you must engage in the management of the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You can meet this requirement by either forming the policies of the business or by handling the day to day management of the business.

 

  • You cannot be a passive investor in the business.

 

  • If you are investing in a regional center, you will likely be a limited partner in the business. You can meet the management requirement here by showing that you have the rights normally given to limited partners, such as voting rights.

 

  • Another way to show sufficient engagement in the management of the enterprise is by submitting a statement of your job title and duties, with your EB-5 petition.

19. Can I Become a Citizen with an EB-5 Visa?

 

The EB-5 visa does not directly give you citizenship. But, with an EB-5 visa, you can eventually become a US citizen

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa category. This means that as a successful applicant, you can become a permanent resident.

 

  • The process first starts with getting a conditional green card. After having your conditional green card, you can then get the condition removed and become an unconditional permanent resident.

 

  • As a permanent resident, you may apply to become a US citizen; this process is called naturalization.

 

  • You may apply for naturalization after being a permanent resident for at least 5 years.

 

  • Keep in mind that your time as a conditional permanent resident counts toward the 5 years.

 

  • To naturalize, you must also be physically present in the US for at least 2 and a half years during the 5 year period. During this time, you cannot be absent from the US for a single period longer than 180 days.

 

  • There are other requirements to becoming a citizen as well, such as having good moral character and passing a United States civics test.

20. What Documents Do I need to Include in my EB-5 Application?

 

The documents included in the EB-5 petition are very important to get a successful result.

 

  • An experienced immigration attorney can help you organize and decide the documents to include.

 

  • This is a very detailed process and the documents that you will need to include depend on the particular facts of your case.

 

  • The documents that will be included in your petition will center around 3 main categories: 1. the investor; 2. the business; and 3. the source and path of funds.

 

  • The documents you should include in your application will depend on how you got your investment funds. They will also depend on where your funds went from the time they were earned to the time they were invested in the EB-5 project.

 

  • Example: If you obtained your funds from the sale of a property, you will include different documents than if you obtained your funds by gift.

 

  • One more important thing to note: all documents submitted to USCIS should be translated to English.

 

  • Disclaimer: the list below is not a complete list of all the documents to include in your EB-5 application. The goal of this list is to give you an idea of the documents you should include.

 

Documents Relating to the Investor:

 

  • copy of the identity page of investor’s passport

 

  • copy of the investor’s foreign birth certificate

 

  • investor’s resume

 

  • copies of all diplomas, degrees, awards, and professional certifications

 

  • copy of marriage certificate (if you have one)

 

  • copy of Social Security card (if you have one)

 

Documents Relating to the Business: 

 

  • comprehensive business plan

 

  • W-2 and I-9 forms for workers already hired

 

  • payroll records

 

  • list of employees and corresponding job descriptions

 

  • business entity documents 

 

  • articles of incorporation (for a corporation)

 

  • articles of organization (for an LLC)

 

  • bylaws

 

  • shareholder list

 

  • partnership agreement

 

  • list of limited partners

 

  • operating agreement

 

  • etc.

 

Documents Relating to Source and Path of Funds:

 

  • individual tax returns for past 5 years

 

  • copy of bank statement before and after investment is made in the new commercial enterprise

 

  • copy of the wire transfer order that sends funds from investor’s personal account to the EB-5 business account

 

If your source of funds is coming from the sale of a property:

 

  • copy of purchase and sale agreement for property

 

  • letter from the party managing the sale which confirms the terms of the sale

 

  • copy of certified check or wire transfer of the buyer (for the purchase)

 

If your source of funds is coming from owning a business:

 

  • copy of company’s balance sheets for last several years

 

  • copy of companies articles of incorporation or articles of organization

 

  • company tax returns for last several years

 

  • letter from company’s accountant or letter from company attesting to the income earned by the investor over the last several years

 

  • letter from investor describing their employment history, job duties, position within the company, salary, etc.

 

If your source of funds is coming from a loan:

 

  • copy of the actual loan document

 

  • letter from the lender to the EB-5 investor describing the loan amount, date of loan, what security or collateral was given in exchange for the loan, etc.

 

  • copy of bank statement of EB-5 investor showing disbursement of loan proceeds

 

  • if lender is a person and not a bank, include all documentation showing the lenders lawful source of funds

 

If your source of funds is coming from a gift:

 

  • letter from the person giving the gift attesting to the amount of the gift, conditions of the gift (if any), date of the gift, etc.

 

  • bank statement of investor showing disbursement of gift proceeds

 

  • documents demonstrating the gifting party’s lawful source of funds

21. What is My Immigration Lawyer's Role in the EB-5 Visa Process?

 

What your immigration lawyer's role is not:

 

  • An immigration lawyer is not your financial advisor nor is he/she your investment advisor.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should not give you advice on which project to invest in unless the advice is about the investment’s compliance with the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa.

 

What your immigration lawyer’s role is:

 

  • You should think of your immigration lawyer as the director of the entire EB-5 visa process.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should first consult with you to see if an EB-5 visa is the best option based on your immigration goals and circumstances.

 

  • After deciding that an EB-5 visa is the right option for you, your immigration lawyer should act as your guide through the entire process.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should discuss with you whether the investment you are considering meets the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa.

 

  • Your lawyer should analyze where your investment funds come from. Your lawyer should then determine which documents are needed for your EB-5 application.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should put together your entire EB-5 application and submit it to USCIS for you.

 

  • If your I-526 or I-829 petition gets a request for evidence, your immigration lawyer should prepare a response for you. Your lawyer should include all documents and information requested.

 

  • Once your Form I-526 gets approved, your immigration lawyer should help you adjust your status or get your visa.

22. How do I find a Business to Invest in for my EB-5 Visa?

 

  • Before investing in an EB-5 project, you should do your own due diligence, like you would if you were making any other investment.

 

  • You should make sure that you’ve done a lot of research on the business or regional center you are considering.

 

  • Besides your own personal efforts, there are professionals that can help you choose an investment.

 

  • The 2 types of professionals that can help you pick an investment are Registered Investment Advisors and Broker/Dealers.

 

  • Registered investment advisors and broker/dealers are regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

 

  • Registered investment advisors usually provide investment advice in exchange for a fee.

 

  • Broker/dealers usually charge a finders fee to the business or regional center for the investors they refer to a particular project.

 

  • You can do a lot of research on your broker/dealer or registered investment advisor using Finra’s BrokerCheck resource.

 

 

  • Finra’s BrokerCheck site is a great way to make sure that your investment advisor is licensed.

 

  • With BrokerCheck, you can also learn how many years of experience your investment advisor has, which exams they passed, and which state licenses they have.

23. Who Qualifies for an EB-5 Visa?

 

  • Unlike the E-2 visa, you do not have to be a citizen of a particular country to get an EB-5 visa.

 

  • As long as you meet the requirements of the EB-5 visa and you are not barred for some other reason, you should qualify to get an EB-5 visa.

 

 

24. What is the "Visa Backlog" and who does it Affect?

 

  • There are currently 10,000 visas issued each year for the EB-5 visa category.

 

  • The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets a maximum amount of EB-5 visas that can go to nationals from each country.

 

  • When the number of approved I-526 petitions for nationals of a particular country exceeds the number of visas available, this creates a backlog of approved applications.

 

  • When this happens, approved applicants must wait until a visa becomes available.

 

  • Over the last few years, the demand for EB-5 from citizens of Mainland China has exceeded the number of visas available.

 

  • The increased demand created a major backlog. This is why Chinese investors have to wait many years after their I-526 is approved before they can get an EB-5 visa or adjust status.

 

  • Nationals of Mainland China are currently the only group of EB-5 investors affected by a visa backlog.

 

 

25. When do my Investment Funds Need to be Invested in the EB-5 Business?

 

At the time of I-526 filing, you must show that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing your investment funds in the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • Your future intent to invest, without a present commitment, will not be enough.

 

  • You cannot hold-off on investing your capital until after your I-526 is approved.

 

  • However, before filing your I-526, you can deposit the money in the escrow account. You can then make the release of the investment funds conditional on I-526 approval and visa issuance or adjustment of status. So, if the I-526 doesn't get approved for any reason, you would be able to get your investment funds back.

26. Can my Family Members Come to the US on my EB-5 Visa?

 

Yes, as a successful EB-5 investor, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old are also eligible to become permanent residents.

27. What does it mean for My Child to "Age-Out?"

 

  • As a successful EB-5 investor, your unmarried children that are under 21 years old can also get their green cards.

 

  • Aging-out is when your child is no longer able to join you through your EB-5 visa, because they are 21 years of age or older.

 

  • This can be an issue when your child is close to 21 years old when you are applying for an EB-5 visa.

 

  • To avoid your child aging out, you should know how a child’s age is calculated during the EB-5 process.

 

  • Your child’s age is determined by taking their age at the time a visa is available, subtracted by the number of days the Form I-526 was processing.

 

  • For most people, this means that if your child is under 21 years old at the time you file your Form I-526, they will be ok.

 

  • If you are from a country with a visa backlog (Mainland China), your child’s age is taken at the time a visa is available minus the number of days the Form I-526 was processing.

 

This concept is a little confusing, so if you have any questions about it, feel free to email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

28. Once my Visa is Approved How Soon do I have to Enter the United States?

 

Your EB-5 visa is typically valid for 6 months. This means that once the consulate abroad issues your EB-5 visa, you have 6 months to enter the US.

29. Do I Have to Live in the US Once I have my Green Card?

 

As a permanent resident, you have to have the intention to permanently reside in the US. That said, you can still leave and re-enter the US.

 

  • You should not leave the US for a 6 months or longer at any one time, as this may be seen as abandoning your permanent residency.

 

  • If you need to leave the US for an extended period of time, you should apply for a re-entry permit.

 

  • A re-entry permit is a document that allows you to stay outside of the US for extended periods of time. With a re-entry permit, there is a legal presumption that you do not intend to abandon your status as a permanent resident.

 

  • A re-entry permit is usually valid for 2 years from the date it is issued.

30. If I Already Have a Business in the US can I Use it as my EB-5 Investment?

 

Yes, your existing US business can qualify for an EB-5 if it meets all the EB-5 requirements:

 

  • The business must qualify as a new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You will need to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in the business (or $900,000 if the business is in a targeted employment area).

 

  • The funds that you’ve already invested in the business may count as part of the $1,800,000 (or $900,000) minimum investment amount.

 

  • You will have to show that the invested funds were obtained lawfully.

 

  • You are required to create 10 full-time jobs for US workers. (You may be able to count the jobs that you have already created in your US business as part of the 10 jobs.)

 

  • You will also have to show that all investment funds are “at risk.”

31. If I’m in the US on an E-2 Visa, can I Covert to an EB-5 Visa?

 

Yes, if you are already in the US on an E2 visa, you can convert to an EB-5 visa.

 

  • The process of going from an E2 visa to an EB-5 visa is called an “adjustment of status.”

 

If you choose to use your E2 business as the new commercial enterprise for your EB-5 visa, there are a few major benefits:

 

  • The funds that you’ve already invested in the E2 business may count for your EB-5 investment.

 

  • The jobs that you’ve created with your E2 business may count as part of the 10 full-time jobs you are required to create.

 

 

Conclusion

 

You should  now have a much better understanding of the most important aspects of the EB-5 visa program.

 

This is a lot of information to understand. But don’t worry, with the help of a qualified EB-5 lawyer, the process can be easier than you think.

 

If you have any questions about the EB-5 visa or about US immigration, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.  I'd be happy to answer your questions.

 

Ashoori Law is a Los Angeles based immigration law firm focused on helping business professionals and entrepreneurs get visas to the United States.

 

Got a Question? Email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

 

Resources:

 

  • Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 3rd Ed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tal Dror
23:20 10 Dec 21
I had a pretty complex situation after I messed up my first re-entry permit application and needed some professional help to sort things out and re-apply. I couldn't find a better firm to work with. Everyone - starting from the free consultation, to... the awesome attorneys and the superb paralegal team were absolutely amazing! Super nice, responsive, and professional. I got all my questions promptly answered, even on more general topics that didn't directly concern the application. Oh, and the fees are super reasonable too! I just got my application approved a few days ago thanks to them. Look no further, just go with Ashoori Law, satisfaction guaranteed.read more
ladan tabar
19:45 09 Dec 21
It has been a great pleasure working with Ashoori law. They have been very professional and took care of me like a family. I highly recommend them to anyone needing immigration help.
jimmy garcia
18:08 09 Dec 21
At Michael Ashoori office they helped me to get my re-entry permit, they are very professional responsable, they take good care of people, i recomend them 100%
Clarina He
01:25 07 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been so helpful, attentive, and empathetic when it has come to helping my fianceé and I apply for a US visa! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful team and we are so grateful we get to embark on this journey with Ashoori... law!read more
Nicole Baca
23:21 03 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been from the beginning very responsive...most of the time responding to emails within minutes! Also very professional and knowledgeable. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you all for providing a great service.
Simone Malferrari
01:48 03 Dec 21
I personally had to change my status from the student vis (F-1)to E2,the Ashoori team walked me step by step through the process and was always available to answer my questions through phone calls and emails.Throughout the process I always felt I... could rely on their expertise and that the steps they were taking were in my best interest to achieve my goal of creating a business here in the US and be able to operate it in the best possible way.I absolutely recommend the Ashoori team!read more
Algirdas Laurinavicius
14:46 02 Dec 21
Thanks a lot Michael Ashoori. Everything went so smoothly and super fast. We are glad that we choose You. Definitely recommending to all our friends.
David Ham
04:56 23 Nov 21
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, as soon as I signed on they got to work right away and they got our E2 approved in a timely matter and everything went very smoothly. Anytime I had questions they had the answer. I felt our case was in good... hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law. Highly recommend.read more
Raghavan VS
03:55 23 Nov 21
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law, they were able to assist with my case professionally and get the approval with out back and forth queries in first goThank you !
Alain Nangha
02:29 23 Nov 21
I don't like to write reviews because my English is poor but for Ashoori Law I have to.I have hired lawyers before but I surprise for the professionalism of Ashoori Team.After the consultation I did with Michael Ashoori I realized the knowledge of... the law , I hired him and just received 2 days ago 4 approvals letters from immigration for my kids.Thank you Michael Ashoori good job.read more
Peppe Öhman
15:01 20 Nov 21
Me and my husband immediately knew Ashoori Law was the law firm we wanted to help us with our green card application. The approach of this firm is friendly and professional. All our inquiries were answered rapidly and we felt very secure in out... journey to permanent residency.read more
Mohamed Zaghloul
02:39 20 Nov 21
I would like to thank Ashoori Law team for their great service. I highly recommend them, I had an excellent experience with this superb team. They are very attentive, responsive, friendly and professional. They provide outstanding service with... reasonable fees. Also, I follow Ashoori on TikTok and I learned a lot. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!read more
Nigma Talib
22:35 17 Nov 21
Excellent service
Simon Holland
00:24 10 Nov 21
Had a great experience with the team from Ashoori Law from start to finish.
Kritika Shah
22:41 09 Nov 21
I had a very good experience with this law firm. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Akolom Gebreamlak
03:45 09 Nov 21
Friend of mine recommended for Ashoori law firm for my spouse adjust status application.All team members at Ahoori law firm are responsive and professional. My spouse application approved with their help. I recommend ashoori law firm anyone who... want apply any immigration application.read more
Winta Alem
18:29 08 Nov 21
Ashoori Law team went out of there way to show us they cared and give us the best service. So far Because of them my green card application process is going very well. I really recommend to anyone who is looking immigration process advice.
Heena Saini
18:11 08 Nov 21
They are very professional. I got my EAD card with the help of Michael on time. His team is really responsive and hard working. I was really worried about my application. But they made my life easier. Thank you. Highly recommended if anyone wants to... apply for adjustment of status.read more
Mohamed Gharib
17:52 08 Nov 21
I had the chance to work Ashoori Law office and team. They were able to help with my case in a very professional and efficient way. very grateful for their help.
Fazel Roustaei
06:04 07 Nov 21
Thank you Michael Ashoori to you and your team for your continued help with my adjustment of status application! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to any who need a great friendly team. Always honest and highly efficient and helpful. Definitely great... customer service and professionalism. Very precise, orderly and organized with a great platform to get the documents in. Thank you all again for your invaluable help!read more
Rahul Nair
21:16 06 Nov 21
Had an excellent experience dealing with Ashoori Law! Michael and the team made everything seamless + efficient without lots of back and forth. Thank you!
Peter lazarczyk
11:33 05 Nov 21
Ashoori law was available to answer any question or deal with any issues that came up. Their expertice in the process was a obvious and their knowledge of the system will achive your goals faster.
A A
03:20 05 Nov 21
Very good immigration lawyer and prompt services, highly recommended. I always love reading their newsletters and emails which have relevant info and helpful services. Definitely my go to immi team state side. Big ups Ashoori Team✊🙏 -... Anand ALread more
Flawless Stone
00:49 05 Nov 21
From the comments, I am giving 5 stars 🌟 ⭐🌟⭐🌟
Aida Walker
23:55 04 Nov 21
Thank you Ashoori Law! I got my reentry permit thanks to you.
Anthony Depatie
18:02 03 Nov 21
Ashoori Law were great, responsive, and attentive partners. Their intake and case management technology also made the process as seamless as immigration proceedings can be.
Van thang
01:19 30 Oct 21
They quick respond
Vw
18:17 28 Oct 21
Micheal and his team were extremely professional and responsive right from the get go as they walked us through the entire immigration process and handled everything in a timely manner. The most impressive thing was all the paperwork and... documentation was handled through their cloud platform which brought transparency and clarity to the whole process.read more
Bar B
18:43 27 Oct 21
Ashoori law has assisted and keeps assisting me in a proffessional manner ever since I first aproached them. To me, immigrations matters can be very complex and cause great distress, however my many questions and concerns are always addressed in a... timely manner. I have a few immigrations issues and having such a dedicated team backing me puts my mind at ease.read more
Travis Martin
03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread 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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