The fifth employment based preference (EB-5) allows aliens to migrate permanently to the United states if they invest one million dollars (or five hundred thousand dollars in an area considered to be rural or one of high unemployment) in a new business.
The organisation must employ at least ten US citizens or legal residents.
The investor must be employed in the capacity of managing the business entity. However, by USA immigration standards, limited partners who in their definition have no managerial responsibilities also qualify for this visa category.
This visa is generally issued for an initial duration of two years after which time the visa will be made permanent and no longer subject to the investor's continued involvement in the enterprise.
Green card status is also offered through the pilot scheme program by virtue of an investment of $500,000 into an approved regional centre. This means that an investor is not personally engaged in running a business.
Our experienced team of US immigration lawyers routinely secure green cards for UK residents and international clients. Please contact us for further information on USA permanent residence visas.