The U. S. Immigrant Investor Program (“EB-5″) was created by Congress in 1990 to encourage the investment of foreign capital into the American economy. This program makes it possible for an investor and his/her family to obtain permanent residence (Green Card) in the United States by either investing in the creation of a business or in the development of an existing enterprise in the United States.
Each year, 10,000 EB-5 visas are available through the program. The program has become very popular — for investors, EB-5 represents a relatively reliable means of obtaining a green card; for Regional Centers, EB-5 represents a source of financing for a variety of commercial projects. From 2010 to 2015, the number of EB-5 investors has increased more than sevenfold. The number of approved Regional Centers has exploded, with more than 750 approved Regional Centers throughout the United States. More than 95% of EB-5 investments are made through Regional Centers, with more than $10 billion already invested over the past five years and 200,000 jobs supported.