The EB-5 (Employment-Based Fifth Preference) immigration investment program was established in 1990, with the goal of attracting overseas investors to invest and create employment opportunities in the United States. According to the Immigration Act of 1990 Section 203(b)(5), an alien who uses his own lawfully gained capital to invest in establishing a commercial enterprise that creates 10 or more jobs may immigrate to the United States under the EB-5 classification. If the alien invests in a “regional center” approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), both indirect as well as direct jobs may be used to satisfy the job creation requirement. Of all immigration classifications, EB-5 Regional Center is the one with the shortest processing time and fewest restricting conditions.

EB-5 New Policy Highlights

Employment Creation: Congress has reserved 10,000 EB-5 visas every year, 32% are reserved as follows: 20% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in a rural area; 10% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in a high unemployment area; and 2% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in infrastructure projects.

Applicants in the United States can immediately obtain legal residency in the United States by submitting Immigrant Petition Form I-526E and Status Change Form I-485

After submit application, Investors in the United States are expected to obtain a “EAD (Em- ployment Authorization Document) / AP (Advance Parole) Combo Card” shortly

Quickly obtain legal residence status

EAD / AP Combo Card

Can work, study and live freely in the United States

Temporary travel to and from the U.S.

I-526E Immigrant Petition Form

EB-5 Proof of Petition Submission

Proof of source of funds

I-485 Status Change Form

Investors in the United States can immediately obtain the right of residence on the date of submission
Investors in the U.S. can file with I-526E at the same time
After submission, you can quickly obtain an EAD work card, which can be exempted from work status restrictions, and a proof of return to the United States, allowing you to enter and leave the United States temporary


What is a Regional Center?

A Regional Center is an enterprise or agency with a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region, and approved by United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to accept EB-5 investments.

How is EB-5 Regional Center different from the traditional EB-5 program?

In traditional EB-5, the EB-5 immigrant invests in creating a new enterprise, manages the enterprise, and directly hires 10 US workers. In Regional Center EB-5, the EB-5 immigrant invests in a Regional Center project pre-approved by USCIS, is not directly involved in management, and receives credit for both direct and indirect jobs created by the project.

Who may receive permanent residency (“green card”)?

After investing $800,000 or $1,050,000 in an approved project, the investor and his or her spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old are all eligible to receive green cards in one petition, which are conditional for two years. After two years, if the approved project has been completed and created jobs, the investor and family are all eligible to receive permanent U.S. residency.


  1. No requirement as to the investor’s education, language skills or business experience

  2. Investor’s family including spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old all receive green cards in one application

  3. Investor may choose to reside anywhere in the US, and is not required to settle near the investment site

  4. Investor may travel freely in and out of the US

  5. Investor may apply for citizenship five years after receiving permanent green card