At STEP America, we help individuals and
corporations with the fast-track advantages of the

U.S. EB-5 Investor
Green Card Program

Personal Investment In U.S. Businesses and Infrastructure Projects

The EB-5 Program is a unique U.S. Immigration program designed specifically for foreign investors who are interested in acquiring a green card to the United States. While many prospective immigrants have to wait years for a chance to enter the United States, foreign investors who choose to participate in the EB-5 program are given preference
and a fast track for entry and citizenship.

The basic amount required to invest is $1 million, although that amount is reduced to $500,000 if the investment is made in a high unemployment area or a rural region (also known as a Targeted Employment Area or TEA.) Once an investment is made, the investor obtains a conditional two-year green card. Within the 90 day period before the conditional permanent residence expires, the investor must submit evidence documenting that the full required investment has been made and that 10 jobs have been maintained, created or will be created within a reasonable time period. At the end of the two-year provisional term, the investor must show that they have maintained their investment and have created or saved at least 10 jobs before their status is changed and they become permanent green card holders.

The United States Congress created this employment-based immigrant visa category in 1990 for the purposes of enhancing the U.S. economy and promoting job creation for the American labor force. Since the program’s nascent stages, the restrictions and guidelines for proving the source of foreign investor funds have become more stringent. As a result of the increased transparency and documentation requirements for this program, it is now more imperative than ever for an EB-5 candidate to seek the assistance of an experienced organization, such as STEP, in navigating these regulatory hurdles. U.S. institutional investors and commercial developers with projects located in high unemployment, rural regions–or what are referred to as “Target Employment Areas” (TEAs)–can attract foreign nationals to invest at the reduced amount of $500,000. The EB-5 program is an attractive source of financing because developers enjoy relatively inexpensive cost of capital–typically paying a 1% to 3% rate of return. Developers using these foreign funds are under less scrutiny to produce high rates of return because the foreign national investors are usually more concerned with obtaining a permanent green card,
as opposed to maximizing the return on their investments.

How can foreign
investors benefit from STEP?

Access to a team of immigration consultants, U.S. Licensed Lawyers, real estate professionals, and financial advisors both within the GCC and in the United States.

Assistance in certifying the documentation necessary for the EB-5 Petition in order to compile a persuasive and thorough source of funds.

Active guides through the step-by-step EB-5 process from the initial application to the final petition, and ultimately when requested, an application for naturalization and U.S. Citizenship.

Easy to use electronic filing and document collection system for clients living abroad who may not have physical access to our offices.

How can American businesses
benefit from STEP?

Access to various professionals who can help structure businesses to take on foreign investment.

Filing an application for development of new regional centres and projects when necessary.

Inclusion of your business and/or project in the STEP portfolio which is made available to every foreign investor client.

Active marketing of your project to assist in gaining foreign investor clientele.

EB-5 Visa Requirement Summary

$500,000 USD minimum investment

The investment must be made in a new commercial
      enterprise

The investment must create 10 full time jobs for U.S.
      Permanent residents or citizens

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