Have some Questions?
What is EB-5?
- 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.
- 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, which 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.
- Since 2008, the EB-5 Program is estimated to have generated over $22 billion in foreign direct investment.
What is the minimum EB-5 investment?
- Investments in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) is currently $500,000. Investments in non-TEAs are $1,000,000.
- A TEA is an area that, at the time of investment, has experienced unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate.
Who can apply for EB-5?
- Any foreign national who has the required investment amount, documented that it was legally acquired and passes a general criminal background check is qualified. There are no language, business or education requirements to apply for an EB-5 visa.
What is an EB-5 Regional Center?
- An EB-5 Regional Center is a private enterprise or a regional governmental agency, approved by USCIS and authorized under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, that engages in a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region
- A Regional Center may be as small as a few blocks of a city or as large as an entire state, or portions of more than one state
- Regional center proves direct and indirect employment of 10 U.S. worker per investor
- For a list of Regional Centers, see: uscis.gov/eb-5centershttp://uscis.gov/eb-5centers
What is the Colorado Regional Center and what areas does it make up?
- The Colorado Regional Center is an approved EB-5 Regional Center, authorized by USCIS to operate anywhere within the State of Colorado
- In partnership with other regional centers, the Colorado Regional Center is able to participate in projects outside of Colorado.
- The Colorado Regional Center has been approved for a wide variety of projects including hotels, restaurants, retail developments, condominium developments, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, medical facilities, and other similar types of commercial development.
What are the benefits of investing in CRC?
- Opportunity to invest in Colorado, a dynamic and growing environment with one of the strongest economies in the US. For more on the Colorado economy, see: https://leg.colorado.gov/agencies/legislative-council-staff/colorados-economy
- CRC’s management is an experienced investment team with significant history of successful large-scale financing transactions
- Safe, secure escrow arrangement with Suntrust, so that if your I- 526 is not approved, you will receive a return of the $500,000 deposit
What are the benefits of the EB-5 program?
- No minimum age, experience, education, or requirement that the applicant speaks English
- May live, work, and retire anywhere in the US
- Admission to US Universities at resident cost
- Investor, spouse, and unmarried minor children granted US lawful residency
- Investor not required to manage the day to day activities of investments
- After 5 years, investor and family may obtain US citizenship, if all immigration requirements under law are met
Is the EB-5 program suitable for me?
- Gives you the flexibility to make a passive investment without the responsibilities of day-to-day management of your investment
- Gives you and your family the opportunity for employment in the US
What are the benefits of having a green card?
- Enjoy similar benefits as other US residents
- Family members with green cards are free to enter the US at any time with unlimited stay
- Investor access to US for personal, trade, and business purposes
- Investors may live, work, or own business anywhere in the US
- Ability to travel outside the US and return without special visa
- Lower tuition costs as US resident
- Lower cost of living (compared to many other countries)
- Access to public schools, health and medical attention, social security, and education
- Immediate family members can apply and become US citizens after 5 years
- Requires no renewal or re-application
What family members, besides me, qualify for a green card?
- Husband, wife, dependent, unmarried children under the age of 21
What is a conditional green card?
- After approval, investor receives “conditional” green card
- Must be reissued after 2 years
What conditions must be obtained to receive my final green card?
- Job creation requirements of the project must be met
- Compliance with all US laws and regulations relating to residency during the two years
How long will my green card be valid?
- Conditional green cards are valid for 2 years
- Must apply for removal of conditional within 90 days of expiration
- Receive unconditional green card, valid for 10 years
- Must apply for new card (do not stop being permanent resident) every 10 years
How long must I reside in the United States?
- Must enter US within 180 days of issuance of visa from overseas consular office
- Must establish residency
- Open bank accounts
- Obtain driver’s license
- Social security number
- Pay taxes
- Rent or own a home
- Reside in US for at least 180 days each year (until citizenship obtained)
What are the conditions on how I have obtained my investment money?
- Must be gained by lawful manner
- Business, salary, investments, property sales, inheritance, gift, loan, etc
What are the risks involved?
- Risks vary for each limited partnership
- General risks: unable to meet job requirements and denied immigration status, investment risks (economic state, etc.)
What is the time estimate for the process?
- USCIS currently estimates approximately 22-28 months for approval of individual I-526 applications
- To check current processing times, see: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
What are the first steps I need to take?
- Review offering materials for the project
- Consult with a qualified immigration attorney
- Follow the subscription procedures for the project (including executing all offering documents). Transfer funds to the escrow account per the offering documents, prepare and file Form I-526