Investor And Special Immigrant Visas

To stimulate the economy and create new jobs, Congress created the EB-5 investor visa. Obtaining an EB-5 investor visa requires millions of dollars in investment, although it can be less if you are investing in rural areas or areas in the U.S. suffering from economic hardship.

The EB-5 visa program provides immediate provisional residence. If the business succeeds, it grants permanent residence to investors.

EB-5 visas are for foreign investors who start a new enterprise. However, you can purchase an existing business if you restructure it significantly. Without restructuring, the investment must increase the net worth of the company by 40 percent of its net worth or increase its employment rolls by 40 percent.

The EB-5 Visa Is Continually Undergoing Scrutiny

U.S. lawmakers continually examine the EB-5 investor visa, and other E visas, to determine if changes are warranted. The minimum amount required to obtain an EB-5 visa is subject to change, as are the requirements.

Acting Quickly Is Paramount

The U.S. limits the number of EB-5 visas issued every year to 10,000. The quota has been reached quickly every year for the last several years.

At Oltarsh & Associates, P.C., we can advise you of when to file, how to best prove your eligibility, and what investments are required to satisfy EB-5 visa requirements. For example, the enterprise bought or created requires hiring 10 new job holders who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or conditional residents such as spouses of U.S. citizens waiting for their permanent residence. Nonimmigrants such as specialty workers (H1-B) or intracompany transferees (L-1) are not included.

To schedule your initial consultation with attorney Jennifer Oltarsh, call us at 212-944-9420. If you prefer, you can also reach us online and we will respond promptly. Our office is located in New York City, and we represent investors throughout the world looking to invest anywhere in the U.S.

Making a significant investment in the U.S. is a great way to increase profitability and obtain a path to lawful permanent residence. An experienced immigration lawyer at Oltarsh & Associates, P.C., can explain your path to an EB-5 visa.