This program provides the possibility of obtaining unconditional permanent residency (green card) and eventually citizenship to foreign investors and their family members who are under 21 years of age. The investment can be made either by investing directly in a new commercial enterprise or by investing in a Regional Center. A Regional Center is any public or private entity which is involved in the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation and increased domestic investment. The Regional Center designation is given following the approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS).
The EB-5 Program allows for conditional permanent residence for two years. This condition is removed at that point if the investment funds have remained at risk and the necessary jobs have been created.
The program grants residence to applicants in exchange for an investment of either $1 Million, or $500,000 US in a Targeted Employment Area (high unemployment or rural area), and the creation of 10 full-time jobs.