The EB-5 Program Overview

The EB-5 Visa and Regional Center


In 1990 the U.S. Congress created the “Immigrant Investor Program”, also known as “EB-5”, in order to stimulate job-creation and investment in the United States. Under the program, foreign investors and entrepreneurs invest in new job-creating enterprises in the United States, and in exchange receive expedited permanent resident immigration status. The EB-5 program allocates 10,000 immigrant visas per year to qualified foreign investors seeking permanent resident status on the basis of their investment in a new commercial enterprise.

A Regional Center is a private enterprise or regional governmental agency seeking to promote economic growth, regional productivity, job creation and capital investment in a certain geographic region. The U.S. Regional Center program is similar to long-standing and successful investment-employment programs in other developed nations, such as Australia, Canada, and the U.K., among others.

The Regional Center Investment Program requires 10 permanent jobs to be created, directly or indirectly, by the foreign investor’s enterprise. The Regional Center, working with numerous investors, helps foreign investors by managing and professionally overseeing their investment in the designated business and geographic region, and ensuring that the employment requirement is met at all times.

In order to qualify for an EB-5 Green Card through the Regional Center program, a foreign investor must make an investment of at least $1 million and prove that at least 10 jobs were directly or indirectly created in the process. Instead of $1 million, a smaller investment of $500,000 is required in some rural, high unemployment or Targeted Employment Areas (TEA).

By making the investment through a Regional Center, foreign investors entrust the day to day management of their investment to the Regional Center, and are therefore able to continue with their preexisting businesses or projects.

Similar to the ordinary EB-5 program, investors participating through a Regional Center will initially receive a provisional Green Card, which will be valid for two years.  

Ninety days prior to the expiration of the provisional 2-year Green Card, the investor will file an additional application with the USCIS, petitioning to remove the Green Card’s conditional status (Form I-829). This application proves that the investor sustained the investment over the two year period, and that the requisite number of jobs was created. Once this application is approved, the conditions are removed from the EB-5 applicant’s status, allowing the investor, his spouse and unmarried children (under age 21 at the time of petition) to permanently live and work in the United States.

Once the I-829 petition to remove conditions is approved, the investor and his immediate family members obtain permanent resident status and can later apply for U.S. citizenship. In whole, the EB-5 process takes approximately 3-5 years or longer. The length of the process is contingent on quality and timeliness of the investor's applications.

Benefits of Investing through the EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program

A Regional Center is a private enterprise or regional governmental agency that has been designated as such by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • A Regional Center focuses on a specific geographic region within the United States.
  • A Regional Center seeks to promote economic growth, regional productivity, job creation and capital investment.
  • The EB-5 program is one of the most flexible immigrant investment programs in the world.
  • The USCIS gives priority to foreign participants investing through a USCIS-designated Regional Center.
  • Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) requires a lesser capital investment of $500,000.
  • Qualification requirements met by creating or preserving 10 jobs, both directly and indirectly.
  • No quota backlogs such as those used in many other employment/immigration and visa sponsorship programs.
  • No sponsorship requirement: foreign investors invest their own funds and do not require sponsorship from relatives, friends, or employers.
  • Day to day management of the investment is handled by the Regional Center.
  • Foreign investors are free to live and work anywhere in the United States, not necessarily in the area of the Regional Center.
  • There is no requirement for foreign investors to speak English, have related business experience, or attain minimum education levels.
  • Foreign investors retain the ability to travel in and out of the United States.
  • Foreign investors can pay U.S. resident prices for university educations for their children.
  • Foreign investors are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship after living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years.
  • The family members of the foreign investor are considered as part of the application, without a need for multiple applications.
  • Faster Green Card processing time – 1 year.
  • Foreign investor makes a return on the EB-5 investment.
  • Capital used to make the investment can have various sources, including inheritance, business interests, gifts, or other lawful means.

Why Invest in the American Green Card Regional Center?

AGCC is different than other Regional Centers because of its boutique style:

  • AGCC offers relatively small commercial-use real estate projects, giving the investor the option to be the sole equity owner of a newly formed Limited Liability Company (LLC) that holds the title of the realstate. In addition, AGCC offers the investor the option to keep ownership of the investment by buying out the Regional Center from the LLC after 5 years, therefore obtaining, managing and operating a well developed and profitable business with stable economic gains 5 years after the initial investment.
  • Superior management and operations — AGCC is run by a proven team of professionals with significant experience in real estate, construction, finance, project management, government, and law.
  • Our primary focus is on job creation, secure EB-5 funding and stable economic gains.
  • Foreign investors come to AGCC because it offers EB-5 investments coupled with the personal and constant attention only a small, focused team can provide.

Located in San Francisco, a global hub of business, entertainment, and education with one of the most robust real estate markets in the world.