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US Permanent Residency by Investment (EB-5 Investor Visa)

  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Programme (faster path to a Green Card than other US Immigrant Visas)
  • Investments in a US Business from $900,000
  • Whole Family Residency (including spouse & unmarried children under 21)
  • Right to Live and Work Permanently in the United States
  • US Residency (conditional Green Card) in 12 Months
  • Eligibility for US Citizenship after 5 years of Being Granted a Green Card, Subject to Meeting the Requirements

EB-5 Investment Visa — Fast-Track US Permanent Residency Route Via $900,000 Investment

Whole family eligibility for Green Card, including spouse and unmarried children under 21. All qualify for US Citizenship after five years, provided all the requirements are met.

EB-5 Visa benefits

The EB-5 Visa Program was introduced by the US Congress in 1990. This route enables Immigrant Investors to secure US permanent residency (Green Card) via a $900,000 investment. Such funds must be invested in government-approved projects, with the right to release the investment in the future. Whole family eligibility includes the applicant’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years. All family members qualify for a Green Card, and the right to live, work and study in the USA. After holding a Green Card for five years, EB-5 applicants may apply for citizenship.

  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    US Residency

    Live, study, work or retire anywhere in the US on a conditional Green Card.
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    Fast Processing

    US Residency in 12 months; the EB-5 visa is a faster Green Card route than other US Immigrant Visas.
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    Whole Family Qualify

    Applicant’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years are eligible
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    Visa-Free Travel

    Green Card holders may visit countries such as Canada and Mexico visa-free. US passport holders may travel to 170+ countries without a visa.
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    Education

    Green Card holders may access public and private high schools and colleges (including medical and law school)
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    Fewer Requirements

    The EB-5 program has no specific requirements for employment history, education or English
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    5 Year Investment Term

    Investments in US-approved businesses with a secure return on investment.
  • EB-5 Visa benefits

    US Citizenship

    Eligibility for US Citizenship after 5 years of holding a Green Card, subject to requirements.
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Visa-Free Travel for US Residents and Citizens

US citizens may travel without a visa to over 185 countries worldwide, including the EU & UK. Green Card holders can visit several countries without a visa, including Mexico and Canada. US Residents can travel internationally with their Green Card provided they are travelling to a country offering the same rights to Green Card holders as to American citizens.

Visa-Free Travel for US Residents and Citizens

EB-5 Investment Requirements

To qualify for the EB-5 Visa route, the main applicant must invest a minimum of $900,000 in a US business. The investment must directly create ten full-time jobs, and the money must remain at risk throughout the process. Most successful EB-5 investments are made through a Regional Center; a USCIS-approved economic entity that covers a specific jurisdiction. Most Regional Centers are real estate developments, with the capacity to generate job vacancies for the EB-5 program. Investing through such a center relieves the EB-5 investor from the responsibility of running the business and meeting job creation requirements – the center handles these requirements alongside the day-to-day business.

  • General Investor Requirements:

    General Investor Requirements:

    • 18+ years of age
    • No criminal record
    • Confirmed investment sources
  • Investment Requirements:

    Minimum investment threshold - $900,000

    • The investment must directly create ten full-time direct jobs
    • The EB-5 center must be compliant with USCIS requirements
    • There is a potential return on investment, however, investment funds must be perceived tas “at-risk” to meet EB-5 visa requirements

US Permanent Residency Acquisition Process

EB-5 is a multi-step process administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Astons' focus is to provide a hassle-free and seamless service, assisting you every step of the way from initial consultation to successful US Residency/Citizenship acquisition. We will guide you through the EB-5 visa process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and followed through to application approval.

US Permanent Residency Acquisition ProcessUS Permanent Residency Acquisition ProcessUS Permanent Residency Acquisition Process
Stage One
Up to 3 Months
1
Initial consultation with Astons’ Immigration Advisors

Astons’ immigration advisors will evaluate each investor’s personal circumstances and guide them through each of the EB-5 program stages, helping to select the right Regional Center, and a suitable business to invest in.

2
Invest $900,000 into an Approved EB-5 Project

Once the EB-5 investor has selected the right project, investment funds must be transferred into an escrow account.

3
Submitting I-526 Petition

To establish an investor’s eligibility for classification as an EB-5 Immigrant Investor, our expert immigration lawyers will file the initial application, called the I-526 petition, with the USCIS. The I-526 petition must provide proof of investment and verify that the enterprise will create the necessary number of jobs.

Stage Two
12 to 24 Months
4
Applying for Conditional Permanent Residency

If the I-526 petition is approved, Astons proceed with the documentation for a two-year Conditional Green Card. If the I-526 petition is denied, then investment funds are returned in accordance with the terms of the Regional Center partnership agreement.

5
Conditional Permanent Residency Approval

Once an applicant has been approved as an EB-5 investor, they and their qualifying family members receive Conditional Green Cards valid for two years, and must enter the US within 180 days if not already present.

6
Submitting I-829 Petition

The final step in the EB-5 visa process is to become an unconditional permanent resident by removing the two-year conditional status. Between months 22-24 of the EB-5 investor conditional period, Astons’ immigration lawyers file the I-829 petition. This is supported with documents to prove that EB-5 visa requirements have been met and at least 10 jobs have been created.

Stage Three
Three years
7
Unconditional Permanent Residency Approval

The investor and eligible family members receive a permanent Green Card if the I-829 petition is approved. All applicants including the investor, their spouse, and unmarried children under the age of 21 may then permanently live and work in the United States and may apply to become US citizens after a five year period from the date initial conditional residency began.

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