However, by investing in a regional center program, investors do not have to create 10 jobs directly (i.e., to hire 10 full-time US workers), because jobs can be created either directly and/or indirectly. Indirect jobs refer to jobs induced by our tenant’s businesses and construction expenditures and are calculated using statistically valid forecasting models. The Atlanta EB-5 Regional Center employs economists to calculate direct and indirect job creation for each of our development projects. We make sure each project well exceeds the 10 job requirements and executes our plans in delivering U.S. jobs. Acting as your general partner, The Atlanta EB-5 Regional Center manages the job creation requirement, so you don’t have to.
Our track record over the years in managing direct and indirect job creations best ensures your final I-829 approval by the USCIS.
What are the real benefits of a U.S. green card?
Work – you are allowed to work for any company in the U.S. In some states you can only obtain professional licenses (engineering, real estate agents, etc.) if you have a U.S. green card or are a U.S. citizen.
Business – you can start your own business anywhere in the U.S.
Travel – you can travel anywhere within the U.S. and leave and enter the country without being denied at the port of entry.
Legal rights – all of your legal rights are protected under U.S. law, except the right to vote, which is available after you become a U.S. citizen.
Family members – you can sponsor a spouse and unmarried children (under age 21) through the same green card petition. Even in the unfortunate event that a primary green card holder passes away, the family green card will not be affected.
Education– EB-5 visa green card holders enjoy in-state or resident tuition at all public universities and colleges. Typically, this rate is two to four times less expensive than the rate foreign students have to pay.
Home – In most cases, it may be much easier to be approved for a home mortgage and/or to obtain lower interest rates.
Retirement – EB-5 visa green card holders enjoy the same Social Security benefits as a U.S. citizen if he or she worked for ten years in the U.S.
Citizenship – EB-5 visa green card holders are automatically eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship and have a U.S. passport in five years or keep your permanent green card forever if you choose not to become a U.S. citizen.
Who should consider an EB-5 visa?
EB-5 investors include people from all walks of life–professionals, business people, persons wanting to facilitate a child’s education, retirees, or those simply seeking a better life in the U.S. Once a green card is obtained, many investors may continue to work or operate businesses in their home countries. Others may choose to work in the U.S. or become involved in a business in the U.S. Simply put, the EB-5 visa gives you the flexibility to live anywhere and do what you want in the U.S. Below is a quick summary of various visa options:
- If you do not wish to actively manage the day-to-day operation of your investment, then you should consider EB-5.
- If you have a U.S. citizen parent or citizen child over 21 years of age, you should consider the family class visa categories.
- If you have exceptional skills or are famous you may qualify for a green card based on your skills or fame.
- If you want to actively manage your own business, consider the L-1, E-2, and international manager visa categories.
Must I speak or read English?
No, you do not need to be proficient in English to apply for an EB-5 visa or to contact us about an EB-5 investment. When you call us, if we don’t speak your language, we will provide a certified over-the-phone interpreter to translate our live phone conversation. We support over 150 languages and there is no cost to our clients for this service.
Please understand that investors must sign the English version of all agreements, government forms, and applications.
How many visas are allocated each year for the EB-5 category?
The EB-5 investment program allocates 10,000 visas per year for aliens and family members whose qualifying investments result in the creation or preservation of at least ten (10) full-time jobs for U.S. workers. There can be no fewer than 3,000 reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 more are set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.
Any and all information provided above, are for information purpose only. We recommend that you seek qualified professionals for legal advice and representation.