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LOCATION: North America
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: English
CAPITAL: Washington D.C.
MAJOR INDUSTRIES: Healthcare,
Construction, Education, Tourism
United States of America, is a nation of 50 states, covering North America. The United States of America is the world’s third largest country in size and nearly the third largest in terms of population. The U.S. economy is the world’s largest in terms of gross domestic product, and also the most technologically powerful. The country’s most significant exports are computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food, live animals and military equipment. The U.S. also has the world’s largest coal reserves. The country is home to some of the top universities in the world, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The U.S. often takes a leading role in international organizations, and was a founding force behind institutions such as the United Nations, NATO and the World Bank.
OPTIONS FOR US INVESTMENT
The EB-5 Visa is the U.S. Green Card available for foreign investors under the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 Visa and the Immigrant Investor Program were created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.
After investing a minimum amount of USD 900,000, the applicant and the family (spouse and any unmarried children under 21) is eligible to receive a conditional green card for two years.
After two years, if the applicant has maintained the investment and created at least ten jobs, the conditional status is removed and the applicant is eligible to apply for a permanent green card.
Requirements for EB-5 Visa:
The EB-5 investor must contribute a minimum amount of USD 900,000 in a new U.S business that creates or preserves a minimum of 10 new U.S. jobs.
The investor is required to have a role in the management or policymaking of the company that he or she invested in. Limited partnerships and certain limited liability companies have been general recognized as appropriate investment vehicles under the EB-5 program.
Each EB-5 investor must generate at least ten (10) new full-time jobs as a consequence of his or her investment. The ten (10) new jobs need to be created within approximately 2 years from the date the investor obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States.
Lawful source of funds.
The investor’s investment must be subject to the risk of losing all or part of the money invested.
EB-5 Immigration Process:
Once the EB-5 investor selects a USCIS-approved Regional Center investment, the EB-5 investor along with the eligible family members files an I-526 petition requesting conditional residency. Due diligence is done, if approved, the EB-5 investor applies for a conditional green card through a consulate interview or an adjustment of status (if he or she is already in the U.S. on another visa). If approved, the EB-5 investor and eligible family members receives a conditional green card that is valid for two years.
Within the final 90 days of the two-year period of conditional residency, the EB-5 investor and the family files the I-829 petition to remove the conditions on the two years conditional green card.
Upon approval of the I-829 petition, the EB-5 investor and his or her qualified family members become lawful permanent residents and can ultimately choose to become U.S. citizens after five years.
EB-5 Visa Benefits:
One of the fastest methods to gain permanent residency in the United States.
Freedom to live and work anywhere in the United States.
Education benefits including admission to Universities at US resident costs.
No visa sponsor requirements.
No H-1B work visa needed for employment.
Potential for U.S. citizenship after minimum five years of established permanent residency in the United States.
Family members of EB-5 investors receive green card.
Travel to 186 countries through visa free/visa on arrival travel
EB-5 VISA PROGRAM
Applicants who are permanent green card holders for at least 5 years can apply for US citizenship.
Requirements for US Citizenship:
1. No criminal record.
2. Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 4 years and 9 months.
3. Have continuous residence in the U.S. as a Green Card holder for at least five years immediately preceding the application.
4. Have lived within the state, or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the place of residence, for at least three months prior to the application.
5. Be physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years (60 months) immediately preceding the application.
6. Reside continuously within the U.S. from the date of application for naturalization up to the time of naturalization.
7. Be able to read, write and speak English, and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
E-2 VISA PROGRAM
An E2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa reserved for foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. E2 investor visas allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise.
Qualified treaty investors will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each
Investor Requirements for E-2 :
Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States.
Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.
This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.
E-2 Visa Benefits:
Expeditious processing: U.S. E-2 visa can generally be obtained within 3 months
Unlimited number of extensions.
Investor’s spouse and dependent children under 21 years old may be included.
Investor’s spouse can apply to work anywhere in the U.S.
Free high-school education for children in the U.S. with E-2 visa and in-state college tuition rates.
E-2 can have the potential to be converted to EB-5 over the course of time.
Investor and dependents may spend time in the U.S. without being subject to world-wide income tax.
The E-2 visa allows foreign investors to establish and run a company in the US.
1. Please note, all information provided here should not be considered legal advice.
2. The text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its contents.
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