In 1990, Congress created the employment -based fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category that provides Green Cards for qualified foreign investors who want to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will:

  • Benefit the U.S. economy, and

  • Create (or save) at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years of I-526 immigration petition approval (or reasonable time thereafter).

10,000 visas are set aside each year for investors (and eligible family members) in projects through Regional Centers designated by the USCIS.


It allows eligible foreign investors who invest in United States projects to gain a Green Card providing permanent residence status in the United States for themselves and their families.

The minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1 million.

Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area). The minimum qualifying investment either within a high-unemployment area or rural area in the United States is $500,000.