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Are you a foreign investor interested in obtaining a green card in the United States? If so, there are several visas that may be available to you, including the EB-5 Visa. The reason why EB-5 visa is the most lucrative is because it is a visa which directly leads to obtaining a green card in the least amount of time.

You can apply for an EB-5 Visa through direct investment or through a regional center. Since the changes implemented in November 2019, the minimum investment amount through direct investment is $1.8 million, while for regional centers is $900k.

The U.S. Congress created the EB-5 program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through foreign investment. Only in FY2019, the United States issued 9,478 EB-5 visas (Source: Statista.com.) This visa allows investors to bring their spouses and unmarried children under 21 into the country as dependents.
The EB-5 program is administered by USCIS and requires applicants to invest in a commercial enterprise in the United States. It is also a requirement that they plan to create 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
Contact the Law Offices of Alice Antonovsky today to evaluate your eligibility and start preparing your investor visa application.

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3 Things You Need To Know Before Applying For An EB-5 Visa:
1 Choose A
Way To Invest:
Determine which type of investment is best for you. You can either make a direct investment or one through a regional center. The latter option offers many different projects to choose from.“Direct investments require you to spend $1,800,000 while targeted options through regional centers ask for $900,000.
2 Gather
Necessary Information
Make sure you’re able to provide all the supporting documents required by law. These range from bank records, certificate of employment or business income tax records and other legal documentation as proof of business ownership.
3 Submit Your Application
Through An Attorney
Make certain that you fulfill all the requirements, and that you’re in possession of enough supporting documents to apply for an EB-5 Investor Visa with an immigration attorney. Your attorney will review them and submit the application for you. Finally, wait patiently until the USCIS processes and resolves your case.
ways to Qualify for an EB-5 Investor Visa:
Option 1 - Regional Center Investment
A "Regional Center" is an entity, organization or agency that has been approved by USCIS. They offer hundreds of different project opportunities, which range from real estate, casinos, ski resorts, manufacturing, agricultural developments, restaurants, sport stadiums, and many more.

By investing $900,000 into a regional center and financing a particular project, a person would be eligible to apply for the EB-5 Visa. It is also very important to highlight that the requirements for job creation and management rests on the shoulders of the project in which the investment was made and not on the Investor, as is the case with Direct Investment.

Option 2 - Direct Investment
EB-5 applicants can choose to invest in a new enterprise or purchase an existing business. In this case, the minimum investment amount is $900,000 in certain "target areas" where unemployment rates are high, otherwise, the minimum investment is $1.8 million. In this type of investment, the enterprise must employ at least 10 full-time US citizens.

Regardless of which of the 2 paths an investor takes, an initial 2 year conditional residence is granted, at the expiration of which USCIS will evaluate your investment project to make sure all terms have been met and, if so, you will be able to obtain a 10 year permanent residence.

Advantages Of An EB-5 Visa

• No residency requirement. You may live anywhere in the U. S, regardless of your investment location.
• Ability to Work and Live anywhere in the Country
• Permanent residence for you and each qualified family member
• No English language requirement or minimal education for EB-5 applicants
• Individuals who are investing through a Regional Center are not required to work or run a business.

How to Apply for an EB-5 Visa
  • Application for the EB-5 visa is very document specific and it is imperative to have your interests represented by a competent, experienced immigration attorney. Many applications are denied for lack of sufficient supporting evidence.
  • Choosing to obtain permanent residence in the United States through the Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) involves the investment of large sums of money, and therefore you want to make sure you have the right immigration attorney guiding you through this process.
  • If you want your Investment Visa application to be approved, you need to have an experienced immigration attorney you can trust help you in achieving that goal. At the Law Offices of Alice Antonovsky, we can help you throughout the entire application process.
EB-5 Visa Facts:


  • The percentage of EB-5 visas issued to Latin America and the Caribbean has seen an increase from 2.7% in 2014 to 9.6% in 2018. Source: Bloomberg
  • EB-5 investments provide much needed foreign investment to the US economy. In 2008, $.3 billion was acquired through this program. By 2018, that amount increased to an impressive $5 billion. Source: ImmigrationInformation.com
  • In 2008, a meere 1,258 EB-5 petitions were received. This number has dramatically increased annually. Just 8 years later in 2016, the number of petitions rose to 14,147 and more than half were approved. Source: ImmigrationInformation.com
  • There were 9,478 EB-5 visas issued in FY 2019. Statista.com
  • 48% of EB-5 visas were issued to China and nearly 10% were issued to Latin America. Statista.com
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