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EB5 Capital Investments: Key requirements, Concepts & Considerations for SA Investors 2020-05-20T14:39:01+00:00

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EB5 Capital Investments: Requirements, Concepts & Considerations 2020

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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 2020. In addition to featuring on Carte Blanche, the EB5 Program has recently also been the subject of several informational roadshows by EB-5 lawyers and advisory companies. Find out more below.

Note: Making an EB-5 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 EB-5 investors.

EB-5 Capital investment requirements 2020

As of November 2019, the minimum capital investment required to apply for EB5 residency starts at $900,000 for passive, Regional Center based investments, and $1 million for direct business investments. For non TEA investments, the minimum investment requirement is $1.8 million.


Why must EB-5 investments be “at risk”?

Eb-5 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’ EB-5 program requirements here and here.

What is a direct EB-5 capital investment vs. a Regional Center investment?

A direct EB-5 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 EB-5 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 EB-5 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 EB-5 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 EB-5 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 2020.

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