The EB-5 Investment Program
The EB-5 Program is a global investor program offering permanent residency visas or green cards to qualified investors. This program is available in several countries including Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The investment made through this program must meet job creation obligations. Once the requirements are achieved a conditional, temporary green card will be issued to the investor.
There are many advantages of the EB-5 program. The US international investor program is the most flexible in the world. There are no requirements as to age, business experience, or language skills. Permanent residents are not required to be continuously and physically present in the United States– they can maintain business and professional relations in their country of origin.
Another U.S. EB-5 program advantage is that it provides unparalleled freedom because it does not require investors to manage their investment on a daily basis, but rather, to ‘actively engage’ in a business enterprise, meaning they can be limited partners and pursue other professional or personal ventures.
Moreover, should the investor and his or her family elect to become U.S. citizens, the time spent as conditional permanent residents is credited toward the five-year lawful permanent residency requirement for US citizenship. As a permanent resident, the investor and his or her family are free to return to their homeland for visits or business purposes, as long as a residence is maintained in the United States.