The U.S. EB-5 initiative has brought thousands of foreign investors and their families the freedom and flexibility to live and work in the United States. The EB-5 visa for Immigrant Investors is a United States visa created by the Immigration Act of 1990.
This visa provides a method of obtaining a green card (permanent residency) for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States. Investments required by this visa program have helped many Americans find work and improved the economy in many communities.
Acquiring lawful permanent residence (“Green Card”) through the EB-5 category is a three step self-petitioning process. First the successful applicant must obtain approval of his or her Form I-526 Petition for an Alien Entrepreneur. Second, he or she must either file an I-485 application to adjust status to lawful permanent resident, or apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy outside of the United States. The EB-5 applicant (and he or her derivative family members) are granted conditional permanent residence for a two year period upon the approval of the I-485 application or upon entry into the United States with an EB-5 immigrant visa. Third, a a Form I-829 Petition by an Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions must be filed 90 days prior to the two year anniversary of the granting of the EB-5 applicant’s conditional Green Card. If this petition is approved by CIS then the EB-5 applicant will be issued a new Green Card without any further conditions attached to it, and will be allowed to permanently live and work in the United States.
Forms are available by calling 1-800-870-3676, or by submitting a request through our forms by mail system. For further information on filing fees, please see USCIS filing fees, fee waiver request procedures, and the USCIS fee waiver policy memo. Please see insert link for more information on USCIS offices.