In 1990, Congress created the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 Program), also known as the Employment-Based Fifth Preference Program. The EB-5 Visa Program was created under 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in 1990, Public Law 101-649, Section 121(a), to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.

EB-5 Program Explained

Through the EB-5 program, foreign investors have the opportunity to obtain lawful, permanent residency in the U.S. for themselves, their spouses, and their minor unmarried children by making a certain level of capital investment and associated job creation or preservation.

Regional Centers

The Pilot Program allows public and private entities to apply for regional center designation to develop qualifying investments for foreign investors.

Investor Application Process

Broadly stated, the investor application process begins when each foreign investor files an individual Form I-526 petition to apply to the EB-5 program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the EB-5 program are provided by

EB-5 News Articles

The following articles are compiled from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, as well as from The Huffington Post.

Current EB-5 Processing Times constantly monitors the current EB-5 processing times as updated by the IPO so that our readers are among the first to know of any changes.