When we look at a map to find a path to our intended destination, we look at various possible routes. We look for the one that will get us to our destination the fastest, and with as little difficulty and uncertainty as possible. The terrain of immigration law in the United States can be complex and confusing, even for those of us who deal with it on a daily basis. If you are prepared to invest $500,000 in the U.S. economy, it is very likely that the EB-5 visa represents the best possible path to a Green Card for you and your family. With few exceptions, this is the only path to a Green Card that is direct and guaranteed, as long as you are able to make the necessary investment and meet certain basic requirements. The benefits are unrestricted:
- The successful EB-5 applicant and his or her family are immediately able to live, work and go to school in the United States.
- After 21 months, the applicant can petition the government to make the Green Card permanent. And after 5 years, the investor and his/her family qualify for naturalization as full American Citizens.
- When comparing the probability of attaining an EB-5 visa with other visa categories such as F-1 Student Visa, L-1 Intra- Company Transferee Visa, EB-1 and EB-2 Extraordinary/ Exceptional Ability Visas. E-1 Treaty and Trader Visa, E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, H-1B Employment Visa; most of these visas apart from EB-5 are both temporary and conditional, and depend on factors outside the applicant’s control.