EB-5 Immigrant Investors

How Much Money Do You Need to Invest?

The EB-5 immigrant investor program allows a foreign national, including their spouse and unmarried children, to obtain permanent residence in exchange for a capital investment of either $500,000 or $1,000,000 depending upon where in the U.S. the investment is made. If the investment is in an area of high unemployment or rural area (known as a Targeted Employment Area), the capital invested can be as low as $500,000. The minimum investment outside of a targeted employment area is $1,000,000.

New Commercial Enterprise

In order to satisfy EB-5 requirements, an investor must invest in a new commercial enterprise that was either established after November 29, 1990 or established on or before that date if it is purchased and restructured/ reorganized to the extent that a new commercial enterprise results from it; or such that the investment in the commercial enterprise will result in at least a forty percent increase in the net worth or number of employees.


What classifies as a commercial enterprise is broad which provides a prospective foreign investor a great deal of choice in selecting the suitable investment opportunity. There is no requirement for an EB-5 investor to physically work in the commercial enterprise. However, the investment by the foreign national must be able to create at least 10 new qualifying full-time positions, except where the investment ended up in a troubled business, in which case maintaining the current number of employees may be acceptable.

Speak with an Experienced Immigration Attorney

Sunil C. Patel Immigration Law understands the complexity of the EB-5 investor program and are here to help you achieve your objectives. We are committed to honest, cost-effective immigration advice and services in every case. Contact us for more information about how we can assist you.