The EB5 Visa
The EB5 visa is an green card (permanent residence) for investors and entrepreneurs wishing to work in the United States.
To qualify for an EB5 visa, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Must make the necessary investment in commercial enterprise in the United States,
- Must plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified workers.
How to Apply for an EB5 Visa
If you meet the requirements for a visa, here are the steps you need to complete for approval:
- Fill out a Form G-28. This form entitles your attorney or accredited representative to act on your behalf,
- Documentation that you are eligible to apply for a visa,
- Information about the business you intend to work with or for (name, location, type of business, business owner, etc.),
- U.S. Company Support Statement. This document is supplied by the U.S. employer and explains why your services are necessary for the business,
- Evidence that you plan to leave the United States after your EB5 visa expires or is terminated.
If you are outside the United States, you should apply for your visa at a consulate or embassy. It is recommended to work with a qualified immigration attorney to ensure your documents are filed correctly and expeditiously.
An EB5 visa comes with certain benefits, including:
- You can work legally in the United States,
- You can freely travel in the United States,
- The visa can be renewed indefinitely in two-year increments,
- Your immediate family (spouse and/or unmarried children under 21 years of age) can also qualify for anvisa. While in the United States, your children can go to school and your spouse can apply for an EAD, employment authorization document, giving them permission to work legally in the United States.