Investors continue to flock to the United States. It is the world’s fourth most populous country and the most developed in terms of the economy, politics, technology, military, sports, film, automobiles, and many other sectors.
The United States of America continues to be one of the most popular places for international migrants and investors. The US has visa categories for investors who want to reside and work in the country after investing in a US company. These visa types can be classified into two categories: There are two types of visas: immigrant and non-immigrant.
The EB-5 and E2 visas are the two most common investment-based visas. The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, while the EB-5 visa is for immigrants. You may be given permanent resident status (a “green card”) in the United States under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Individuals who apply through the Regional Center Program are guaranteed a specific number of visas. In the United States, there are several “regional centres,” each with its own industry and geographic speciality. The Regional Center Program simplifies the EB-5 process for investors. The individual must invest $500,000 in a regional centre, plus specific fees, and keep the money there for a set period of time (usually three to five years).
The investor isn’t required to start a new company or hire anyone. The Regional Centers’ goal is to give individuals a good return on their money. The applicant is granted conditional permanent residence for two years in exchange for the investment, which can be converted to full permanent residence. Furthermore, regional centers assist with the day-to-day management of the investment, allowing the applicant to live and work anywhere in the United States.
There are no age, language, or previous business experience prerequisites to qualify. Applicants must, however, have a net worth of at least USD 1 million and give documentation that their funds are obtained legally. If they want to petition for citizenship in the United States, they must also stay in the country for at least 180 days each year until they receive unconditional green card status.
There are four ways to become a citizen of the world’s most powerful country: birth in the United States or its territories (jus soli), birth outside the United States to American parents, and naturalization. Naturalization is available to individuals who have had a non-conditional green card for at least five years. It is possible to obtain US citizenship and a passport after five years of lawful residency from the date of receipt of the conditional green card.
The United States government distributes a significant number of visas each year for individuals who seek to make a major, qualifying investment in the country that can generate jobs for the US economy. This program was established by Congress in 1990.
The EB5 Visa is the American equivalent of the Golden Visa. It allows the bearer to live, work, study, or retire in the United States without having to look for a job. If you want to receive a US EB-5 visa, you must invest a significant amount of money in the United States, just like other Golden Visa kinds. As a result, this visa is appropriate for extremely rich internationals seeking a green card or American citizenship.
A foreign investor must engage in a new commercial venture that is associated with government-approved regional centers based on ideas for boosting economic growth under the US EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
An applicant must accomplish one of the following:
Applications for the program must be submitted using the approved forms, along with the required fees and supporting documentation. As derivative applicants, investors’ wives and unmarried children under 21 years of age are not obliged to make further financial contributions but must submit their documents.
Medical reports, immunization records, and certified police and court records of any criminal charges, arrests, or convictions the applicant may have been among the required documents, in addition to the typical personal data. Applicants acquire their conditional green card in 20 to 24 months on average. Two years later, the conditional green card is converted to a regular green card. Permanent residents can live anywhere in the United States, but they have fewer visa-free or visa-on-arrival options than citizens of other countries.
Green card holders must have lived in the United States for at least five years before applying for citizenship. They must also establish that they have lived in the United States for at least 30 months out of the previous five years and that they can read, write, and speak basic English.
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