U.S. Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as EB-5, in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. The EB-5 program offers foreign investors, their spouses, and their unmarried children under 21 the opportunity to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States by making a certain level of capital investments and accompanying job creation or preservation requirements.
The EB-5 program requires that each foreign investor make a capital investment of $1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise located within the United States. Such new commercial enterprise must create or preserve a minimum of 10 full-time jobs (per investor) for qualifying U.S. workers two years of the foreign investor™s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR). When making an investment in a new commercial enterprise affiliated with a USCIS-designated regional center under the Regional Center Pilot Program, a foreign investor may satisfy the job creation requirements of the program through the creation of either direct or indirect jobs.