United States of America

The United States of America, or America as it is called since the beginning of the 19h century, has been the torch bearer of the free world and free enterprise. It was the world’s first democracy having gained independence from European colonialism in 1776. Since then, the 4th of July has been one of the most important dates in the history of the free world.

America has been the most preferred migration destination since the mid-1800s when every young man wanted to make his fortune there. It is the land build by “immigrants”. Today, there are multiple visa categories by which foreigners can visit, study, work or live in America.

Most immigrants eventually desire to have a Green-Card - permanent residence in the United States. The Green-Card is the only secure way to live and work in the United States and is a path to US Citizenship.

Top reasons why foreigners seek a Green-Card

Economy The country ranks 9th in the world in nominal GDP per capita and 6th in GDP per capita at PPP. The U.S. dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency.

Education According to prominent international rankings, 3/4th of the top 20 global universities are in the United States. Green-Card holders enjoy significantly lower tuition fee at State Universities while termly fees are 2-3x for international students than for state students. Research also suggests that acceptance rate is upto 10x lower for international students.

Employment Unemployment Rate in the U.S is at a low of 3.7 per cent as of July 2019 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Eurostat). Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.83 percent from 1948 until 2015. 74% of full-time American workers get paid sick leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Health The United States is a global leader in medical innovation. However, public health care system is yet to be fully established as compared to other OECD countries in the European Union.

Living Space Americans on average have over twice as much living space per dwelling and per person compared to European Union residents. The United Nations Development Program ranked the United States 5th among 187 countries in its Human Development Index.

Standard of living The United States performs very well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the OECD Better Life Index. The US ranks at the top in housing and ranks above the average in income wealth, health, jobs, and education.

EB-5 Investors’ Visa

In 1990, the United States Congress introduced the EB-5 Visa Program by offering foreign investors the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents by investing a minimum of US$ 900,000 in an EB-5 compliant project and creating full-time jobs for at least 10 Americans.

The term EB-5 refers to the visa category it is derived from – Employment Based Immigration: Fifth Preference. This visa covers the investor, spouse and their unmarried children (below 21 years of age) and no additional sponsorship is required to live, study, work or retire in the U.S. The EB-5 Visa Program allots upto 10,000 visas annually for qualified and USCIS approved applicants with a per country cap of 7%.

Key Requirements

Investment
US$ 900,000 in Target Employment Area (TEA) Projects.

US$ 1.8 Mn in Non-TEA Projects.

Minimum Age
None
Must Haves
Source of Funds clearly demonstrating the accumulation of Capital Amount Acceptable sources include:
Accumulated Earnings, Gifts from Family, Secured Loans, Inheritance and Sale of Assets (purchased from accumulated earnings, loans or received by inheritance) Clear background check (due-diligence)
Capital at-risk and job creation for 10 Americans (we will advise)
Includes
Spouse/partner and any unmarried children under the age of 21
Permanent Residency
USCIS is currently taking 20 months (on average) to approve I-526 (initial) applications Approved investors will receive 2-year Conditional Permanent Residency after which, we will apply for I-829 (removal of conditions and issuance of Permanent Residency)
Investment Period
5 years (until I-829)
Investment Requirements
We will advise based on circumstances
Stay Requirement
All Green-Card holders must satisfy the Green-Card test (we will advise based on individual circumstances)