One question that we get asked frequently by individuals and families is how does one apply for an EB-5 visa? First, let’s back up and explain what is an EB-5 visa. An EB-5 visa is part of the United States immigration program called The Immigrant Investor Program or EB-5 program. This program was created in 1990 to help stimulate the U.S. economy and create jobs in the United States.
There are two distinct pathways to being considered for the EB-5 program: Basic pathway and Regional Center Pilot Program. Both programs require capital investment and requirement for job creation. There are significant facets to these programs that need to be considered and a team of qualified experts should be consulted BEFORE giving anyone access to your financial accounts, money, or signing contracts of any kind.
We always want to advise our clients or prospective clients to be especially wary of individuals targetting EB-5 applicants. The EB-5 program requires a substantial amount of money to be invested, and an applicant may be seen as a target. We recommend everyone do their due diligence before taking the advice of professionals. Check credentials, ask for references and check them, meet in person, and verify the validity of the statements made.
To learn more about the EB-5 program and visa opportunities, schedule a consultation with one of our immigration attorneys.