PERMANENT RESIDENCE BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a U.S government scheme launched in 1990 which awards foreign business individuals and their families, after making an investment into the U.S economy, with Permanent Residency in the USA. The required investment of US$500,000 minimum is donated to a government approved project via regional centres in New York, Florida and New Jersey. Thus, an investor is not required to set up and manage U.S. based business.
The EB-5 program gives investors and their dependents the guarantee of permanent residency in the USA without the nuisance of repeated visa applications. After a period of 5 years and subject to fulfilment of further requirements, an investor may be eligible for naturalization and acquisition of citizenship in the USA.
To qualify for a citizenship by investment in the United States of America, the applicants are required to qualify as Accredited Investors and make a contribution in the following manner:
To qualify as an Accredited Investor the applicant must meet at least ONE of the following conditions:
The application process begins with confirming the investor’s suitability and eligibility through an internal Due Diligence verification (i.e. background check). On passing, an investor will be presented with the approved regional centre projects to choose from. An agreement will be entered into between the applicant and a U.S attorney to facilitate the EB5 Visa application in cooperation with the chosen regional project. At this stage supporting evidence will be collected for the application, legal fees and Government fees will have to be settled and the investment amount transferred prior to submission of the application. On approval of the application by USCIS an applicant will file an application for Permanent Resident Status (conditional Green Card) either through a U.S embassy or consulate. A conditional Green Card is issued for 30 -36 months. Following 21 months on the conditional Green Card an applicant can apply to USCIS to remove the conditions attached to Green Card. An investor will then be granted a non-conditional Permanent Residency which will lead to US citizenship after 5 years.
The United States of America is one of the largest countries in the world based on both population and land mass. It takes great pride in having the world’s largest economy, military power and one of the most diverse populations. It is one of the most vibrant countries to do business and to live and work in thanks to its melting pot of cultures and languages. Its thriving economy offers a range of exciting opportunities for wealth creation. Yearly the USA receives more than five million visitors and grants residencies to more than one million new applicants to enjoy and live the American Dream.
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320,590,000 (2015 Estimate)
$17.42 trillion (2014 Estimate)
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Consisting of 50 states in central North America between Canada and Mexico.
79% Christians, 26% Protestants, 24% Catholics, 18% Mainline Protestants, 1.7% Mormons, 1.7% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism’s, 0.6% Islam, 0.4% Hinduism
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If you are a holder of USA passport, you can visit the following countries without obtaining visa. Please note this information is for guidance only. To visit other countries, or to stay for longer period, you may require a visa. Please check with the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting.