The Eligibility and Requirements
The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program has no requirements as to age, business training and experience, or language skills. Eligible applicants, as provided by USCIS, are those who have invested or are actively in the process of investing USD 1,000,000 or USD 500,000 of capital into a new commercial enterprise that has been established through a Regional Center (RC) in a target area. In addition, MCFI requires that the investor is an accredited investor in order to invest through the Midwest Regional Center designated by the USCIS.
USCIS also requires that the investor be engaged to some degree in the new commercial enterprise that will benefit the United States economy and would:
• Create full-time employment for not fewer than a total of 10 qualified direct and indirect U.S. workers per EB-5 investment; or
• Maintain the number of existing employees at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years, where the capital investment is being made in a "troubled business". This is a business that has been in existence for at least two years and that has lost 20 percent of its net worth over the past 12 to 24 months; or
• Expansion of an existing business thus creating the number of jobs or net worth equal to 140 percent of the pre-investment level. For additional information regarding the U.S. immigrant investor program, please visit the USCIS website on "Immigration through Investment."
In 2009, more than 96.8% of applicants for EB-5 Visas were approved by the USCIS.