US-EB5 - United States Residency By Investment Programme

US-EB5 - United States Residency By Investment Programme
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  • Oct 05, 2018

If you’ve been interested in obtaining residency in the United States for you and your family, you simply can’t go wrong with a US-EB5 Residency By Investment passport.

The Difference Between Residency and Citizenship by Investment Programmes

Residency by Investment Programmes are designed to provide foreign investors the opportunity to obtain full legal residency. This residency can lead to citizenship for the investors and their entire family. Investments requirements differ from country to country and may include Government bonds, approved real estate investments, and investing in a business.

Similarly, Citizenship by Investment Programmes allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and a passport for themselves and their entire family. However, with this programme – citizenship is included.

What is the US-EB5 Programme?

Introduced in 1990, the United States employment expansion program is designed to allow foreign investors to help strengthen the US economy by creating jobs through business investments.

Designed for high-networth individuals, the US-EB5 Programme requires investors to invest USD 500,000 in a Regional Center Project approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

A Regional Center is an organisation designated by USCIS that sponsors capital investment projects for investment by EB-5 investors. Regional Centers directly benefit from indirect job creation. Additionally,  they support EB-5 investors and project developers by helping them navigate the qualifying job requirements of the US-EB5 programme

Benefits of US-EB5 Programme

Dual Citizenship – The US allows you to hold dual citizenship. There is no need to renounce your current citizenship.

Secure – Residency secures a path to US citizenship and grants you the security of knowing you have access to a peaceful and politically stable country.

Visa Free Travel – A US passport grant access to visa-free travel to 100 countries including Hong Kong and the Schengen countries.

Education Opportunities – Residency and path to US citizenship opens opportunities to educational opportunities for children.

Healthcare – US residency grants you and your family access to world class healthcare.


  • The investor can live and work anywhere in the United States.
  • The investor is not required to manage the day-to-day operations of their investment.
  • The investor can be a professional, an entrepreneur, or a retiree.

US-EB5 Requirements

All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise, which meets the following requirements:

  1. Established after Nov. 29, 1990
  2. Established on or before Nov. 29, 1990, and meets one of the following:
    1. Purchased and the existing business is restructured or reorganized in such a way that results in a new commercial enterprise.
    2. Expanded through the investment so that at least a 40-percent increase in the net worth or number of employees occurs.
  3. The investment must create full-time positions for at least 10 qualifying​ employees.​

Commercial enterprise as defined by the US-EB5 programme include any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership (limited or general)
  • Holding company
  • Joint venture
  • Corporation
  • Business trust
  • Other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned

The investor must be at least 21 years old, pass a basic medical exam and background check. Additionally, the investor must provide proof of income and the source of their investment funds.

The US-EB5 program does not require previous business experience, language requirements, or education requirements.

US-EB5 Investment Fees

Investment Fees – Investor must make a minimum investment of USD 500,000 in a government approved Regional Center.

Administration and Government Fees: USD 55,000 – 60,000

Additional Government Fees: USD 3675

At Bluemina, we are proud to add the US-EB5 Program to our list of services. We specialize in helping our clients obtain green cards, residency, and second citizenships to secure their future. Contact a member of our team to find out more about applying for the US-EB5 Program. We look forward to helping you on your path to becoming a global citizen!