On July 24, 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The final rule will create substantial changes to the program effective November 21, 2019.
What is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides qualified applicants with a pathway to conditional lawful permanent residence in the US provided they make a minimum investment, as defined by USCIS, to a US commercial enterprise and create, or preserve, 10 full-time positions for US workers.
What Are the Major Changes?
- Increase in minimum investment amount from $1 million to $1.8 million
- The investment amount will also increase from $500,000 to $900,000 for Targeted Employment Areas (“TEA”) to maintain the 50% minimum investment difference between a TEA and a non-TEA
- The minimum investment amounts will automatically adjust every 5 years to account for inflation
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be in charge of designating and determining areas of high unemployment based on revised requirements instead of the States
- USCIS also clarifies that certain derivative family members must independently file to remove conditions on their permanent residence
- EB-5 petitioners will generally be allowed to retain the priority date of a previously approved EB-5 petition when filing for a new EB-5 petition
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