EB5 Capital Investments: Key requirements, concepts & considerations for SA Investors 2019-06-07T06:38:58+00:00

EB5 Capital Investments: Requirements, Concepts & Considerations

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US investment immigration, better known as EB5 immigration, has been receiving massive publicity in South Africa as more high net worth individuals and families are opting to move their lives and business operations to the USA in 2019. In addition to featuring on Carte Blanche, the EB5 Programme has recently also been the subject of several informational roadshows by EB5 lawyers and advisory companies. Find out more below.

Note: Making an EB5 capital investment is a complex task requiring the services of expert service providers and consultation with specialised emigration lawyers. The following content is to be treated as general guidance by prospective EB5 investors.

EB5 Capital investment requirements 2019

As of June 2019, the minimum capital investment required to apply for EB5 residency starts at $500,000 for passive, Regional Center based investments, and $1 million for direct business investments.

It is widely expected that the minimum EB5 investment threshold will be raised to $1.3 towards the end of 2019. This closing window of opportunity, combined with growing political and economic uncertainty in South Africa are two of the main reason why EB5 investment companies are reporting a spike in enquiries from prospective investors.

EB5 FAQs

Why must EB5 investments be “at risk”?

Eb5 regulations require the investment to be “at risk” for the 2 year period of conditional lawful permanent residence (LPR) in order for the investor’s I-526 application to be approved. An “at risk” investment serves to prove the immigrant investor’s commitment, both to the investment residency, and to the job creation requirement associated therewith. You can find out more about USCIS’ EB5 programme requirements here and here.

What is a direct EB5 capital investment vs. a Regional Center investment?

A direct EB5 investment entails capital being invested in either a new US commercial enterprise, or into an existing US business, with a view to either create new jobs or preserve jobs. In this instance, the capital investor is likely to be involved in the running of the business. A Regional Center EB5 investment is a passive investment, typically into a real estate development, and the investor is typically not operationally involved in the project at all.

What are the EB5 job creation requirements?

Passive regional center investments’ job creation success is appraised in terms of the indirect job creation facilitated by the project (often a hotel or commercial property development). In the case of direct EB5 capital investments, each immigrant investor is expected to create 10 full time jobs for US workers within 2 years from the date on which they are granted conditional residency rights.

Demand for the EB5 investment migration program is increasing exponentially among wealth South Africans, and intake slots are extremely limited. Contact us today to avoid missing out on the American Dream in 2019.

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