Path Law Group specializes in representing investors in both regional center and direct EB-5 investments.
WHAT IS IT?
In brief, the EB-5 visa allows foreign investors to receive a green card in exchange for an investment in the U.S. Of course, the EB-5 requirements are quite complex and several criteria must be satisfied in order for the investment to qualify. The regulations require that the investment be a minimum of $500,000 USD in a targeted employment area or $1,000,000 anywhere else. In addition, the investment must result in 10 full-time jobs for American workers.
REGIONAL CENTER INVESTMENTS
An overwhelming majority of EB-5 applications are through USCIS accredited regional centers. There are several benefits to investing in a regional center, among those being more flexible job creation requirements and less day-to-day involvement in project management.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS THE VISA?
The most complex portion of an EB-5 petition is proving the investor's source of funds. This generally requires several in-depth phone calls and exchanges. Once all of the documents are gathered and the petition is filed the investor can expect a decision from USCIS 11-14 months later. Once approved, the investor will receive a temporary green card (either through Consular Processing or through Adjustment of Status) that is valid for 2 years. As the investor nears the end of the 2 year mark he or she is then eligible to apply for a permanent green card.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our legal fees for EB-5 processing vary based on the complexity of the investor's source of funds. We provide a detailed breakdown of costs for each client after initial consultation.
Government filing fees are the following:
I-526 Filing Fee: $1500
I-829 Filing Fee: $3750 + $85 biometric fee
If you are interested in learning more please contact us for a free consultation.