What is an EB-5 Visa?
The EB5 Visa is open to foreign investors who can devote a bona fide capital between $500,00 and $1 million to U.S. businesses. If you wish to invest a smaller amount of funds, you can still check your E2 Visa eligibility. Similarly, the U.S. immigration law welcomes foreign traders under the Treaty Visa tier.
Applicants can work individually or be part of a larger pool of investor approved as a third-party intermediary. The idea behind the EB5 program is to develop target areas in the U.S., which are rural places with a high unemployment rate.
Based on the investment activity, there are different tiers of EB-5 Visas:
- C-5 Visa, for investments outside the target areas;
- T-5 Visa, for investors interested in areas with a high unemployment rate;
- R-5 Visa, for participants of an Investor Pilot Program but not engaged in target areas;
- I-5 Visa, for business investors who work in specific regions under an Investor Pilot Program.