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» EB5 Investor Visa
The Investor (EB5) Visa allows qualified individuals to obtain permanent residence status on the basis they have entered into a commercial enterprise in America. To be eligible under this category, the applicant must have invested or be in the process of investing the required amount of capital into a commercial enterprise.
Each year, the USCIS make available 10,000 Immigrant Visas under this category, 3,000 of which are set aside for those who apply under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program involving an USCIS-designated "Regional Centre".
A "Regional Centre" is one which:
Eligible investors include those who:
A "troubled business" is a business that has been in existence for at least 2 years and that has lost 20% of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months, and a "targeted employment area" is an area which has experienced unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate or a rural area as designated by the Office of Management and Budget.
The applicant must be able to provide documentation which clearly demonstrates the applicant's investment in the commercial enterprise, such as proof the investment comes from a lawful source of funds.
Once the EB5 Visa is granted, the investor will be allowed to enter America as a conditional permanent resident for 2 years after which time they may apply to remove the conditional status.
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