Under U.S. immigration law, 10,000 immigrant visas per year are available to qualified individuals seeking permanent resident status on the basis of their engagement in a new commercial enterprise. These individuals are often called "alien investors." Also referred to as an investment visa, this type of immigration authorization is intended to spur employment through the start-up of new businesses.
Of the 10,000 investor visas (i.e., EB-5 visas) available annually, 5,000 are set aside for those who apply under a pilot program involving a "Regional Center" designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
See FindLaw's Visas section for additional articles and resources pertaining to immigration authorization.
According to the USCIS, a "Regional Center" is a private or public entity involved in economic growth and job creation. For example, it could be a mixed-use real estate project focused on dense housing, retail shops, and office units. The USCIS defines it as follows:
Foreign nationals who would like to apply for permanent residency as investors must meet the following eligibility qualifications:
Talk to a business immigration attorney if you have additional questions about the investment visa or other types of visas.
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you with visa procedures.