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What are the qualifications to become an EB-5 investor?

The EB-5 program offers a compelling pathway to U.S. permanent residency for international investors. Here’s what makes it so attractive:

  • Investment-focused Qualification: Unlike some green card options requiring advanced degrees or complex employment sponsorship, the EB-5 program prioritizes investment.
  • Minimum Investment of $800,000: The program requires a qualifying investment of $800,000 (or $1,050,000 for non-targeted employment areas). This investment must come from lawful sources.
  • Job Creation Requirement: The invested capital should help create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.

These relatively straightforward requirements make the EB-5 program a popular choice for investors worldwide seeking U.S. green cards. It can be considered an easier option than some other U.S./world visas because it has:

  • No work requirements: You do not need to maintain employment to obtain your green card.
  • No education requirements: You do not need to have fulfilled an academic threshold or be an expert in a certain field to obtain your green card.
  • No language requirements: You are not required to display a proficiency in English or any other language to obtain your green card.