Getting a Green Card through Investment (The EB5 Program)

In 1991, Congress created the EB-5 visa program to benefit the U.S. economy and create new jobs by encouraging foreign nationals to invest in the U.S.  To qualify for an EB-5 visa, the individual must establish that (1) he or she is coming to the U.S. to invest in a new commercial enterprise, (2) the investment occurred after November 29, 1990 (the date the EB-5 program became effective), and (3) this ongoing enterprise will benefit the U.S. economy.

Once granted an EB-5 visa, the individual, his/her spouse and children (under 21) are automatically granted conditional residency, which becomes permanent after 2 years.  After 5 years in EB-5 status, an individual can apply for U.S. residency.   There are 10,000 EB-5 visas available each year – 3,000 of which the USCIS sets aside for individuals who invest in approved “targeted employment” areas.  “Targeted employment” typically refers to rural areas or areas that suffer from extremely low employment rates; each State’s Department of Commerce publishes a list of approved “targeted areas.”   Note that the targeted employment plan is set to expire on September 30, 2008.

Read More

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques.


For updates follow us onYoutube, Radio, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Shah Peerally Law Group PC deals in immigration law  - and

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
  You're new! If you like it here, please subscribe to my feed.      
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
Designed by Dreamsnfx Corp.

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of Shah Peerally or his law firms. No attorney client relationship is created by reading any message or articles posted on this blog.