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EB-5 Overview

Significant changes to EB-5 are expected to take effect in Novemenber 2019. Changes expected for EB-5 rules, including investment of $900,000 in a TEA and $1.8M in other places.

Martin Lawler has a team of EB-5 expert lawyers and paralegals who assist him with investor green card cases. Together they have filed about 400 regional center EB-5 investor petitions (I-526s) for green cards, about 150 removal of conditional residence petitions (I-829s), and about 40 direct investor cases.

The EB-5 category is an efficient strategy for foreign nationals looking to become permanent residents of the United States. A person investing at least $900,000 in certain areas (or $1 million, soon to be $1.8 million) in a business that creates 10 jobs may be granted EB-5 permanent resident status.

Martin Lawler and his expert team of EB-5 lawyers assist developers and financiers with setting up and operating EB-5 regional centers. They will advise on structuring the organization, drafting and reviewing documents, supervising the regional center’s operation, and filing USCIS annual reports.

In 1993, Congress created an alternative to the “direct” investment program whereby immigrants may invest $900,000 or more in USCIS-designated “regional centers.” In this program, a financier or developer makes a proposal to the USCIS.

Permanent residence is permissible for investors who invest in a commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. The minimum investment is $900,000 if the investment is made in a “targeted employment area.”

People ask us how to evaluate a regional center (RC) and conduct due diligence. This involves analyzing the economic risk of inadequate financial return or business failure; and analyzing immigration risks or likelihood that the RC will not provide a green card.


Learn the answers to commonly asked questions on our FAQ page for EB-5.