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USA Investment Visa

The US Investment Visa

The USA Investment Visa, also known as the EB-5 Visa, is designed for foreign investors who wish to make a substantial investment in a new commercial enterprise in the United States, creating job opportunities for U.S. workers.

How it works

Investment Visa Application Essentials



  • The USA Investment Visa offers several benefits, including the opportunity to live, work, and study in the United States, potential pathway to permanent residency (Green Card), access to quality education and healthcare, and the ability to include eligible family members in the visa application.



  • To be eligible for a USA Investment Visa, you must invest a minimum amount of capital, typically $1.8 million USD (or $900,000 USD for targeted employment areas), create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers, and demonstrate the lawful source of funds for investment.



  • The cost of a USA Investment Visa includes the investment capital required, legal and administrative fees, and other associated expenses. The minimum investment amount is $1.8 million USD, although reduced investment amounts of $900,000 USD are available for investments made in targeted employment areas.



  • Identify a qualifying investment project and conduct thorough due diligence.
  • Prepare the necessary investment capital and supporting documents.
  • File the I-526 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Upon approval of the I-526 petition, proceed with consular processing or adjust status if you are already in the United States.
  • Attend an interview, provide additional documentation if required, and undergo biometrics collection.
  • Upon approval, receive the USA Investment Visa and enter the United States.


How to apply

  • Prepare and gather the required documents, including investment-related documents, business plans, financial records, and personal information.
  • File the I-526 petition with USCIS, including the necessary forms and supporting documents.
  • Await USCIS processing and respond to any additional requests for evidence.
  • Complete consular processing or adjustment of status procedures as instructed by USCIS.
  • Attend an interview, provide biometrics, and await the final decision on the visa application.


Can I invest in any business to qualify for a USA Investment Visa?
  • No, the investment must meet specific requirements, including creating or preserving at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers and meeting the capital investment threshold.
What is a targeted employment area (TEA)?
  • A targeted employment area is a designated geographic area with high unemployment rates or rural areas. Investments made in TEAs qualify for a reduced investment amount of $900,000 USD.
Can I invest in a pre-existing business to obtain the USA Investment Visa?
  • Yes, under certain conditions, investing in a troubled business or a regional center project may qualify for the USA Investment Visa. The investment must meet the required job creation or preservation criteria.
How long does it take to process the USA Investment Visa?
  • The processing time can vary depending on various factors, including USCIS workload and case complexity. It is advisable to consult with an experienced immigration attorney for the most up-to-date processing time estimates.
Can I include my family members in the USA Investment Visa application?
  • Yes, eligible family members, including spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old, can be included in the visa application as dependents.
Do I need to manage the investment project personally?
  • While active management of the investment project is not mandatory, the investor should play a policy-making role or have a managerial position in the enterprise.
Can I work or study in the United States with a USA Investment Visa?
  • Yes, the USA Investment Visa allows you to work and study in the United States.
Can I work full-time during scheduled breaks while studying in Canada?
  • Yes, as a student with a valid study permit, you are allowed to work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as summer or winter holidays.
Can I invest in multiple projects to meet the investment requirement?
  • Yes, it is possible to invest in multiple qualifying projects to meet the investment threshold and job creation requirements.
Can I apply for a USA Investment Visa while residing in the United States?
  • Yes, if you are already in the United States on a valid visa, you may be eligible to adjust your status to a USA Investment Visa through the I-485 application process. However, it is recommended to consult with an immigration attorney to determine your specific eligibility and options.

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