EB-5 Investment Visa Attorneys
The EB-5 investment visa is an excellent option for individuals who would like to reside in the United States and are willing to invest at least $500,000 in a business here. Our Boston-based EB-5 attorneys are ready to answer any questions regarding this visa program.
The U.S. Congress created the EB-5 visa, also known as the Immigrant Investor Program, in 1990 to stimulate the nation's economy by bringing in foreign investors to create jobs and make capital investments. Recent changes in the interpretation of the law have made this a more attractive option for investors. If all requirements are met, the investor will be eligible for a green card (i.e. "permanent residency").
Eligibility for EB-5 Visas
Individuals must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an EB-5 visa:
- Capital Investment. The EB-5 investor must invest at least $1 million, not from borrowed money or illegal sources, in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. Or, in a Targeted Employment Area (high unemployment or rural area), the minimum investment is $500,000.
- Job Creation. The investment has to create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying workers. USCIS will relax this requirement if you invest in certain ways. When you invest through a Regional Center, for example, you will receive credit for indirect jobs created.
To determine whether you are eligible for one of these visas, please contact one of our EB-5 lawyers located in Boston, Massachusetts.
How to Apply for an EB-5 Visa
To apply for your green card through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, you must:
- First, file a CIS Form I-526 Immigrant Petition for an Alien Investor. You will receive a temporary green card giving you two years to manage your investment, or allow a Regional Center to do so.
- Second, towards the end of the two-year conditional residence period, file a Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions. If approved, you will receive a permanent green card.
EB-5 Investment Visa Attorneys Based in Boston
The Boston Law Offices of Jacob D. Geller can determine whether the EB-5 visa is an appropriate option for you. We will provide you with peace of mind, knowing that an experienced attorney is overseeing your application from beginning to end. Please contact one of our Boston EB-5 attorneys for a consultation.