EB-5 Permanent Residency Investor Visa

Green Card for foreign investors

The EB-5 immigrant investor program is a way for investors to obtain permanent residence in the United States.

In this program, investors (and spouses and unmarried children under 21) can apply for a Green Card under the following conditions:

If the investment is direct, it must be at least USD 1.8 million.

However, the investment can be made through a Regional center for the sum of USD 500 thousand.

At least 10 US jobs must be created and maintained.

The funds must be legal and come from abroad to the United States.

EB5 Regional Centers are legal entities, organizations or municipal or state agencies approved by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) that allow foreign investors to qualify for a Green Card through investment. Regional Centers provide investors with a portfolio of projects in specific areas throughout the United States for the purpose of creating new jobs, promoting economic activity, export sales and development.


An EB5 Regional Center project allows you to qualify for a Green Card without having to start your own business and be responsible for creating ten jobs. If you invest through a regional center, you can live anywhere in the United States, engage in any other activity, work, or retire.

The investment amount is 500 thousand dollars.

Once the process is approved, a conditional residence is granted for 2 years. 90 days before this time expires, it must be removed by demonstrating that the business in which it was invested with at least 10 permanent employees is maintained.

Thus, you will receive a permanent resident card (Green Card) for 10 years. At the age of 5 you can opt for American citizenship.

Not unnecessarily as a business plan can be submitted from scratch.

Yes, you can do it from your country of origin (consular processing) or while in the United States through a change of Status.

Yes. You can make a change of status, since the B1/B2 visa is for tourism and business. You must take care that the time granted as a tourist has not expired.