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US Citizenship By Investment: What are your investment options in 2020 2020-04-12T14:07:38+00:00

US Citizenship By Investment 2020

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Looking to gain US citizenship or residency by investment in 2020? Discover your options for owning the American Dream by investment here, or contact us now for more information.

List of USA E2 Treaty Countries – 2020 UPDATED 2020-03-19T10:15:44+00:00

Looking for the latest updated list of E2 Treaty Countries? View the country list here, or contact us for more information on contact@eb5.co.za.

As of March 2020, the list of E2 eligible countries include: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (excluding Greenland), Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia
Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco,, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal (soon), Romania, Serbia, Senegal, Singapore Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.

What are the investment visa programs for the US? 2020-03-19T10:23:22+00:00

While the US offer a range of residency programs and investment type visa programs, the below article will highlight 3 of the simplest and most popular visa programs for gaining access to the USA, either on long term or permanent basis. These 3 investment visa programs include the EB-5 Visa, the E2 Visa, and a lesser-known combination of visa options, namely a business emigration solution straddling the L1 and EB1c visa programs.

Does the USA have a direct citizenship by investment program? 2020-03-19T10:23:00+00:00

No. As of 2020, there is no way of obtaining US citizenship by investment directly; you first have to gain permanent residency and a green card, then maintain your US residency for a minimum prescribed period, and only then can you become eligible to apply for US citizenship through the regular naturalization process.

Can I still get an EB-5 Visa for $500K in 2020 2020-03-19T10:24:14+00:00

Yes you can! As of 30 January 2020, the Regional Center developers we work with still have a limited number of $500,000 opportunities available during the grace period before the price increase announced on 21 November 2019 is fully enacted (subject to government approval).

What are the new 2020 EB5 Invesment Requirements? 2020-03-19T10:24:30+00:00

As of 21 November 2019, the minimum EB5 investment requirements have gone up from $500,000 to $900,000 for Regional Center projects, and from $1 million to 1.8 million for direct EB5 investments. These increases were implemented as inflation related adjustments. Furthermore, similar inflation related adjustments will be made every 5 years from 21 November 2019 onwards.

How risky is an “at risk” EB5 investment? 2020-03-19T10:25:06+00:00

All other things being equal, direct EB5 investments tend to be riskier than Regional Center project based investments, however both types of EB5 investments could hypothetically see you losing some (or potentially all) of your money. A direct EB5 investment, however, would give you a greater level of control over the investment outcomes associated with the business or project. If you are opting for an indirect, Regional Center based investment, thorough due diligence and third party verification is obviously essential.

Does a past rejection for another US visa application preclude me from applying for an EB5 visa? 2020-03-19T10:25:47+00:00

A previous US visa application rejection does not disqualify you from applying for an EB5 visa, unless the reason for the rejection included fraud, involvement in terrorism or organised crime, or similar issues. If you do have such historic issues, these must be disclosed to your Regional Center, professional service providers and legal practitioners involved ahead of making the application.

What are the education requirements to apply for an EB5 Visa? 2020-03-19T10:26:04+00:00

The EB5 program does not require investors to have a minimum level of tertiary education.

What is the biggest problem experienced with EB5 applications? 2020-03-19T10:26:30+00:00

Insufficient documentation pertaining to source of funds is one of the biggest causes of delays and rejections in EB5 applications. USCIS requires extensive proof of source of funds, and it is better to supply more information than less.

 

What are the business experience requirements to apply for an EB5 Visa? 2020-03-19T10:26:56+00:00

Unlike with Golden Visa type programs such as the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, you are not required to have any business management experience in order to apply for an EB5.

Is English proficiency compulsory to apply for an EB5 Visa? 2020-03-19T10:27:26+00:00

Speaking English is not a program requirement, however it is highly advantageous for immigration interviews and with a view to understand contractual guidance supplied, be it in oral or written format.

 

What are the costs for the US investment residency & visa programs?

What are the costs for the respective US investment residency programs?

As of the beginning of 2020, foreign investors must be prepared to invest the following amounts in order to gain access to the USA:

  • EB-5 Program – minimum investment requirement: As of 21 November 2019, the minimum prescribed investment for obtaining an EB-5 Green Card via a passive Regional Center investment is $900,000.

  • E2 Program – minimum investment requirement: As of February 2020, foreign investors seeking to obtain an E2 non-immigrant visa (essentially a long-stay, non-settlement visa) can expect to have to invest a minimum of $150,000 to $200,000. While no official minimum investment is required, the requisite investment is expected to be “substantial”. It is vital to note, however, that the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, whereas the EB-5 program is an immigrant investor visa leading to permanent residency. 

NB: Foreign nationals who aren’t eligible to apply for the E2 Visa Program have the option of obtaining citizenship by investment by investment in either Grenada or Turkey (and soon Portugal also).

The minimum real estate investment required to obtain Turkish Citizenship by Investment is $250,000, and your spouse and dependent children and parents can be included under the primary investor’s application. Grenada citizenship can be obtained by making a $200,000 non-refundable contribution to the Grenada government. This contribution serves as the basis upon which a family of 4 can obtain second citizenship, however additional family members can be added at a cost of $25,000 each.

The Grenada CIP also offers investors the ability to gain citizenship on the basis of property investments:

  • A minimum investment of $350,000 in government approved real estate can serve as the basis for a second citizenship application.

  • Where 2 co-investors each invest a minimum of $220,000 in government real estate, these investors and their families can both become eligible to apply for Grenada citizenship. These amounts exclude government processing fees of $50,000, with an additional $25,000 fee being payable for each person beyond the third applicant being applied for. 

  • L1/EB1c program – minimum investment requirement: For existing bona fide foreign business owners with a minimum of 8 employees and proficiency in English, a minimum capital investment of $350,000 into an established franchise opportunity can serve as the basis upon which a US L1 visa can be obtained in 2 months, after which an EB1c application can be submitted within 18 months.

 Using this approach, most applicants can obtain a US Green Card by Investment in approximately 2.5 years, however the L1 visa’s swift processing time means that you’ll be able to move to and reside in the USA with your family in just 2 months, making the L1/EB1c application approach one of the fastest ways to gain legal access to the USA.

And, with a minimum total investment requirement of only $345,000, it is also one of the most affordable paths to US permanent residency and eventual citizenship through naturalization:

As of March 2020, an L1/EB1c based investment will cost around a third of the EB-5 visa program’s minimum investment ($900,000).