EB-5: Employment Based Immigration – Immigrant Investor Program
Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the EB-5 program, in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.
To qualify for the EB-5 program, a foreign investor must make a minimum capital investment into a new commercial enterprise that creates and/or preserves permanent full-time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers.
You may be eligible to be classified as an EB-5 immigrant investor if you:
- Invest in a new commercial enterprise, which is any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business that was either:
- Established after Nov. 29, 1990; or
- Established on or before Nov. 29, 1990; that was:
- Purchased and the existing business is restructured or reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results; or
- Expanded through the investment so that a 40% increase in the net worth or number of employees; or
- Invest the required minimum amount of capital: $1,050,000 for standard investments or $800,000 for investment in a commercial enterprise principally doing business in a targeted employment area or in a regional center-associated infrastructure project. For petitions filed before March 15, 2022, the two amounts were $1,000,000 for standard investments or $500,000 for investments in a targeted employment area.
Please visit the E-B Immigrant Investor page for more information.
How to File
- Read the instructions for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor or I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor;
- Complete and sign your Form I-526 or I-526E;
- Pay the filing fee, if applicable; and
- Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation.
We strongly recommend that you also visit our EB-5 filing tips page.
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After You File
Once we receive your form, you will receive a:
- Receipt notice confirming we received your petition;
- Biometric services notice, if applicable;
- Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
- Notice of our decision.