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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

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Source: DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (FY1994-FY2013); State Department preliminary data (FY2014).

USCIS administers the EB-5 Program. Under this program, entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they:

  • Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and
  • Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.

This program is known as EB-5 for the name of the employment-based fifth preference visa that participants receive.

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In 1992, Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program. This sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers approved by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

What is an EB-5 Regional Center?

A “Regional Center:”

  • Is an entity, organization or agency that has been approved as such by the USCIS; The Pilot Program with the coinciding Regional Centers was approved by Congress under Section 610© of the Appropriations Act of 1993.
  • Focuses on a specific geographic area within the United States;
  • Seeks to promote economic growth through increased export sales, improved regional productivity, creation of new jobs, and increased domestic capital investment.
  • Facilitates the pooling of capital of multiple EB-5 investors
  • Investors can take credit for jobs created directly as well as indirectly from their investment in the Regional Center. Indirect job creation may be demonstrated using any reasonable approved methodology. Indirect jobs are considered to be full time jobs under the statue.
  • Congress gave the USCIS discretion to give priority to EB-5 applications filed in conjunction with a Regional Center. Keystone EB-5 Regional Centers offer many types of investments that meet the requirements for the Regional Center Program. Business enterprises must be located in the geographic areas of the Regional Centers. EB-5 applicants’ Investment have limited management requirements and may meet the job creation requirements of the law using “indirect employment” based upon approved methodologies.

What are the benefits of investing in Regional Center projects?

  1. Investing in an approved project makes it easier to satisfy the requirements of the EB-5 visa program.For example, The investor does not have to worry about presenting a business plan for approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  2. It is easier to satisfy the job creation requirements in a Regional Center, which is important to ensure that the condition is removed after the two-year period. Regional Centers are permitted to count both jobs that were created as a direct result of the investment and as an indirect result.
  3. The investor is not required to take an everyday role in the management of his or her investment.
  4. The investor has the opportunity to pool investment funds with other investors in a project.
  5. The investor may live and work anywhere in the United States; he or she is not obliged to live in the area where the investment is located.

Regional Centers:

Keystone EB-5 offers secure investments that also qualify you for permanent residence status in the United States. As the investor, you entrust us with the task of successful project completion and employment creation to obtain your permanent green card.

Keystone EB-5 is committed to the following:

  • Identifying, developing and managing real estate projects within our approved geographic area
  • Offering secure investments by structuring projects without debt, keeping the investment free of mortgage payments and bank loans
  • Growing your wealth through secure monthly rental income
  • Generating profits for long-term investors
  • Providing economic analysis into market trends and current conditions
  • Delivering monthly, quarterly, and annual financial and project progress reports
  • Creating a minimum of 10 American jobs through indirect employment methods that are verified by a prominent economist
  • Conducting the best administrative and regulatory practices in maintaining our USCIS regional center status

Keystone EB-5 Regional Centers:

Keystone Great Lakes Regional Center

Keystone Texas Regional Center

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