The United States remains one of the most desired destinations for migrants and investors from all over the world. The US has a complex immigration system, and in each case it is warranted to assess the individual situation thoroughly in order to establish the immigration route offering the best chances.
There are interesting immigration possibilities for investors, and under the EB-5 program you may be granted permanent resident status (a "Green card") within a short period of time.
THE EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM
For those who do wish to acquire permanent resident ("Green card") status, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is the most efficient way to acquire such status. Since 1990 when Congress created this program, each year, the US government allocates a substantial number of visas for individuals who wish to make a significant investment in a new commercial enterprise in the USA. Under this program, individuals, and their immediate family members, can become permanent residents of the US within a short period of time.
The EB-5 program requires that a foreign individual invests US$ 1 million or USD 500,000 if the investment is made in a rural area or an area with high unemployment into a new commercial enterprise and create 10 new full-time jobs. Funds must stay invested and be at risk until permanent resident status is granted (usually about 4 years).
UNITED STATES - INTRODUCTION
• Population: 314 million
• Multi-cultural society
• One of the most attractive places in the world to live and do business
• World-renowned schools and universities
THE EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR VISA
Permanent residence status (green card) for foreign investors who are willing to make a significant investment Purpose is to stimulate the US economy through job creation The options are:
|Active investment||Passive investment|
|Min. USD 1 million (or USD 500,000 in a high unemployment area),Creating at least 10 jobs.||Min. USD 500,000 into a ‘Regional Center’ (investment vehicle), which assumes the responsibility of creating the jobs.The capital will get refunded after the holding period (5–7 years).|
US - PERMANENT RESIDENCE STATUS
|After approval of the application||Three months prior to conditional PR expiry|
|Conditional PR (green card) valid for two years.||Submit evidence that: Full investment has been made; and Ten jobs have been created.|
US - CITIZENSHIP Conditions are:
|An application for citizenship can be made following a five-year residence period||Basic knowledge of English.Basic knowledge of US government and history|
• Progressive income tax of up to 40%
• Capital gains tax.
• Gift and estate tax.
• Net worth tax may be levied on a state level.
• Green Card holders are considered resident for tax purposes, regardless of residing in the US or not.
US - SUMMARY
|Multi-cultural society and good place to live.||Multi-cultural society and good place to live.|
|Excellent education system.||Excellent education system.|
|Acquisition of citizenship possible after five years.||Acquisition of citizenship possible after five years.|
|KEY ADVANTAGES: High Taxes,Green Card holders are taxed even while living outside of the US.|