EB-5: Where 10,000 Does Not Equal 10,000 By Greg Finkelson
The demand for EB-5 visas, especially from Chinese investors shows little likelihood of slowing down. If anything, there is probably a good case for increased the quota limits. In fact, there is a simple suggestion that is hanging around the halls of Congress that may make its way into the proposed immigration reform bill. And it is a good suggestion.
It is commonly misunderstood that there are 10,000 visas allotted for Chinese investors. The reality is that there are 10,000 visas allotted for Chinese immigrants. If all EB-5 investors had a family of four, it would require four visas for the entire family to immigrate, which would effectively cap the number of actual investors at 2,500. The actual number of visas being issued per investor family is about 1.5, so even with that the actual number of investors is somewhere between 4,000 and 4,500.
The EB-5 visa program has become the win-win program that it was intended to be. The popularity from both the investment and the investor side is skyrocketing. The aforementioned, simple proposal is for the U.S. government to make 10,000 visas equal 10,000 investors. That would make available a minimum additional $2.75 billion of funding and would require only additional 5,000 visas for family members.
To learn more about how to put the EB-5 investment visa program to work for you, contact Dr. Gregory Finkelson at American Corporate Services or call 415-682-2550. To order my book, How to Find Chinese Investors, Agents & Clients for Your EB-5 Projects & Services - A Practical Guide for Regional Centers, Attorneys, Developers and Businessmen, click here.