• 17 December 2019

EB-5 Program Is Still a Good Deal for Immigrant Investors

Both the Standard and Minimum investment amounts required to obtain an EB-5 Visa to immigrate legally to the United States were increased on November 21, 2019.

EB-5 investments

The Standard Investment of $1.8 million is the amount required by the USCIS to fund a direct or Regional Center project under the terms of the EB-5 program. The business can be located anywhere in the United States as long as it is approved by the USCIS.

The Minimum Investment is now set and will remain at one-half of the Standard Investment amount. With the current Standard Investment at $1.8 million, the Minimum Investment is $900,000 for a project within a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). TEAs will typically be rural areas with high unemployment. The Minimum Investment will not change unless the Standard Investment changes.

So much attention has been focused on the potential changes to the EB-5 program over the past four or five years that some people have lost sight of the program’s purpose and benefits. It’s easy to forget what a great opportunity this program provides for foreign investors who want to immigrate to the U.S.

EB-5 Investment Immigration Visa Benefits for Investors

Regardless of where their EB-5 investment project is located, investors may

Live, work, or retire anywhere in the U.S., irrespective of where their business investment is located.
Travel in and around, and to and from the U.S. with no restrictions.
Accept employment aside from their investment project without any additional approval.
Be eligible to apply to any American college or university to study in the field of your own choosing. Savings on tuition for U.S. residents, like holders of an EB-5 Visa, are often quite substantial.
Have their capital investment returned in full at the end of five years.
Apply for U.S. citizenship after five years of permanent residence.
Enjoy an unparalleled right to privacy and the officially recognized inalienable rights of every U.S. citizen and resident – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
All of this applies to the investor’s immediate family, i.e., spouse and children under the age of 21.


Neither does the EB-5 Investment Immigration Visa program encumber applicants with special requirements like many other U.S. visas do. For instance, applicants are not required to have special skills or educational prequalifications.

The unique opportunity for high net worth individuals to invest in the United States is not all about the money. It is about providing jobs and stimulating the American economy while providing a safe haven for the investor’s funds. And, the rewards begin as soon as you and your family arrive.

Immigration Attorneys at ACS Law Firm, and our entire staff, are prepared to assist in answering your questions about the process and rules relevant to your immigration plans. More than 7,000 satisfied clients attest to our integrity and expertise.