Investment-Based Immigration & Visas
E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader & Treaty Investor Visas
The Treaty Trader (E-1) or Treaty Investor (E-2) visa is for a national of a country with which the United States (U.S.) maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation who is coming to the U.S. to carry on substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, principally between the U.S. and the treaty country, or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital, under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
EB-5 – Investor Immigration
To qualify as an Immigrant Investor, a foreign citizen must invest between U.S. $500,000 and $1,000,000 in a commercial enterprise in the United States which creates at least 10 new full-time jobs for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other lawful immigrants, not including the investor and his or her family.
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USCIS Designated Regional Centers
The Immigrant Investor Pilot Program ("Pilot Program") was created by Section 610 of Public Law 102-395 (Oct. 6, 1992), and has been extended through Sept. 30, 2012. EB-5 requirements for an investor under the Pilot Program are essentially the same as in the standard EB-5 investor program, except the Pilot Program provides for investments that are affiliated with an economic unit known as a "Regional Center." Investments made through regional centers can take advantage of a more expansive concept of job creation including both "indirect" and "direct" jobs.
A Regional Center is defined as any economic entity, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation and increased domestic capital investment. The organizers of a regional center seeking the "Regional Center" designation from USCIS must submit a proposal, supported by economically or statistically valid forecasting tools, showing:
- How the regional center plans to focus on a geographical region within the United States. The proposal must explain how the regional center will promote economic growth in that region.
- How, in verifiable detail (using economic models in some instances), jobs will be created directly or indirectly through capital investments made in accordance with the regional center's business plan.
- The amount and source of capital committed to the regional center and the promotional efforts made and planned for the business project.
- How the regional center will have a positive impact on the regional or national economy.
Our attorneys will help formulate comprehensive documentation so as to lay out your regional center proposal in a clear, concise, and cognizable format for USCIS to analyze
Regional Center Approval
The approval of a regional center means USCIS recognizes the economic entity as a designated participant in the EB-5 Pilot Program. USCIS' approval of a regional center is their acknowledgment that the econometric models and business plans appear to be feasible and that jobs should be directly or indirectly created through investment in the approved industry categories.