THE EB-5 PROGRAM
Congress created the fifth employment-based preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category in 1990 for qualified foreigners seeking to invest in a business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create or save at least 10 full-time jobs.
The basic amount required to invest is $1 million, although that amount is reduced to $500,000 if the investment is made in a rural or high unemployment area.
The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program
To encourage immigration through the EB-5 program, Congress created a pilot program in 1993. The program specifically sets aside 3,000 visas annually for foreign investors who apply through a United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) designated Regional Center Investment Program. A Regional Center is a private enterprise or corporation or a regional governmental agency with a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region. The Regional Center program in many ways mirrors long active and successful investment-employment based programs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other foreign nations.
An investor seeking an EB-5 immigrant visa through a designated regional center must generally make a qualifying investment of $1 million and demonstrate that at least 10 jobs were directly or indirectly created through the investment. Certain rural, high unemployment or Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) qualify for a lesser capital investment of $500,000. The American Opportunity Regional Center focuses solely on qualifying projects within targeted employment areas and utilizes a USCIS approved job methodology to measure and verify a qualifying project’s required job creation.
Before participating in a Regional Center EB-5 investment program, each investor independently petitions USCIS for an EB-5 visa. Qualified investors investing through a Regional Center receive a conditional green card valid for two years. The investor, spouse and unmarried children (under age 21 at the time of petition) can then apply for permanent residency based on investment. If approved, the investor and his immediate family become permanent green card holders and can later apply to become U.S. citizens. Upon receipt of conditional permanent resident status, the investor and immediate family are entitled to the same benefits as other lawful permanent residents.
Benefits of EB-5 Immigration & Investment
The American Opportunity Regional Center is attractive to foreign investors because it offers EB-5 qualifying investments and stable economic gains.
The American Opportunity Regional Center benefits include:
- Foreign investors utilizing a designated regional center are given priority by USCIS.
- Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) that require a lesser capital investment of $500,000.
- Qualification by both direct and indirect employment creation of at least 10 jobs.
- No quota backlogs like those found in many other employment and sponsorship visa programs.
- Foreign investors use their own funds and do not need sponsorship from relatives or employers.
- Day to day management responsibilities are not required by investor.
- Ability to live and work anywhere in the United States, regardless of the regional center location.
- Foreign investor is not required to speak English, have related business experience, or achieve minimum education requirements.
- The right to travel outside of the United States and return to the United States without a visa.
- Education at colleges and universities for students at U.S. resident costs.
- Ability to apply for U.S. citizenship once you have been a permanent resident for more than five years.
The American Opportunity Regional Center’s fundamental objective is to deploy foreign investor capital in quality real estate-based EB-5 investment opportunities that minimize risk while satisfying our specific core requirements:
- Invest capital in projects located within the USCIS designated area.
- Meet or exceed the USCIS EB-5 Pilot Program’s job creation and economic impact requirements.
- Provide investors with detailed information and supporting documentation they will need to pursue their petitions for US residency visas for themselves and their eligible family members.
- Enhance value by investing only in projects expected to meet or exceed our target total rate of return criteria.
All qualifying investment opportunities offered by the American Opportunity Regional Center will be located within targeted employment areas (TEA). For investors, this means that all projects will qualify for reduced capital contributions of $500,000.
All projects will be recommended and monitored by the American Opportunity Regional Center. Investment opportunities will include projects in commercial and retail property, mixed-use developments, and hotels.
Role of the American Opportunity Regional Center
Our investment process is disciplined and thorough; we only select business and partners that we determine to have outstanding investment track records. As part of our partnership with our EB-5 investors, we perform the following services: