Visas Available Through Investing In the USA




As an investor in the United States you can obtain your immigration status as a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) or as a nonimmigrant with employment authorization.

EB-5 Visas

To obtain your lawful permanent residence in the EB-5 category you would:
Either- invest in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs

OR- invest in a troubled business

To qualify for a new business enterprise investment, you must:
  • Invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 (or $500,000 if your investment is in a designated targeted employment area)
  • Benefit the U.S. economy by providing goods or services to U.S. markets.
  • Create full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers. (U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and others lawfully authorized to work in the
  • U.S. not including you or your family).
  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it

To qualify for a troubled business investment, you must:
  • Invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 (or $500,000 if your investment is in a designated targeted employment area)
  • Invest in a business that has existed for at least two years
  • Invest in a business that has incurred a net loss, equal to 20 percent of the business’s net worth before the loss, for the 12 to 24 month period before you filed your petition
  • Maintain the number of jobs at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years
  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it

To qualify for a troubled business investment through a Regional Center Pilot Program, you must:
  • Invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 (or $500,000 if your investment is in a designated targeted employment area ) in a regional center affiliated new commercial enterprise or a troubled business located within the area of the USCIS designated Regional Center.
  • Create at least 10 new full-time jobs either directly or indirectly through the capital investment.

E-2 Visas

To obtain a non-immigrant investor status in the E-2 category the requirements are:
  • The investor, either a real or corporate person, must be a national of a treaty country.
  • The investment must be substantial (sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise).
  • The investment must be a real operating enterprise (speculative or idle investment does not qualify).
  • The investment may not be marginal (it must generate significantly more income than just to provide a living to the investor and family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the U.S).
  • The investor must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense (loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise are not allowed).
  • The investor must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. (If the applicant is not the principal investor, he or she must be employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity. Ordinary skilled and unskilled workers do not qualify).

For further inquiries contact:
Alberto A. Lense
Attorney for Immigration Law
(727) 345-6621
lenselaw@earthlink.net