While there are many ways for immigrants to get a Green Card, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program helps lead the way for investors to apply for permanent residence. This program, administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), allows investors to apply if they qualify through the following:
- They make investments in the country’s commercial enterprise.
- They plan to create or preserve ten (10) full-time employment positions for qualified workers in the country.
Unfortunately, like many other investments, scammers have found ways to utilize the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to look out for their gain and profits. Below, we’ll help you recognize the most important ways to do your due diligence when dealing with particular investments.
What to Ask Before Investing
It’s crucial to research carefully before making any EB-5 investment. Unfortunately, this program can still lead to incompetent advisors, scammers, and brokers looking to leverage the investment to take advantage of foreign investors.
Before moving forward, get the answers to these questions:
- Does the USCIS approve the investment approved for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?
- Is the business part of a listed Regional Center with the USCIS, and does the Regional Center have a stake in the business?
- Is there a way for you to get out of the investment safely?
Remember, any EB-5 investment is a risk. For those participating in this program, the stakes are high because it can also impact your citizenship.
Our Naples EB-5 investment lawyers at Vernon Litigation Group work hard to help you make the right choices. We offer our services to foreign investors who still live outside of the United States, working to protect those and provide the due diligence necessary to navigate the process. Unfortunately, investment fraud exists, and research is crucial when participating in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.