USCIS administers the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.
USCIS administers the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a program first enacted as a pilot in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since then, investors may also qualify for EB-5 classification by investing through regional centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed a law extending the Regional Center Program through June 30, 2021.
USCIS policy on EB-5 adjudications is in Volume 6, Part G of the USCIS Policy Manual.
On or before Nov. 29, 1990, that was:
Purchased and the existing business is restructured or reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results; or
Expanded through the investment, resulting in at least a 40% increase in the net worth or number of employees.
1. A sole proprietorship;
2. Partnership (whether limited or general);
3. Holding company;
4. Joint venture;
6. Business trust; or
7. Other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.
This definition includes a commercial enterprise consisting of a holding company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, if each such subsidiary is engaged in a for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of a lawful business.
This definition does not include noncommercial activity, such as owning and operating a personal residence.
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