Changes that will happen in EB-5 laws post-November 21, 2019

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Sep 30, 2019 (20 days and 10 hours ago)

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The United States Congress has provided a fast-track route to the U.S. Green Card for the applicants in order to promote economic growth. Under the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 or Employment-Based Immigration: Fifth Preference is meant to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by Foreign Investors.

Changes that will happen in EB-5 laws post-November 21, 2019
The United States Congress has provided a fast-track route to the U.S. Green Card for the applicants
in order to promote economic growth. Under the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 or Employment-
Based Immigration: Fifth Preference is meant to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation
and capital investment by Foreign Investors.
All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise that was established: -
● After November 29, 1990; or
● On/ before November 29, 1990, that was:
1) Reconstructing or Reorganizing a Purchased or an existing business such that a new
commercial enterprise results;
2) Or, expanding through investment such that there is at least a 40% increase in the
number of employees or the net worth.
On July 24, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a final rule
“EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization.”The final rule becomes effective on November
21, 2019.Changes that will happen in EB-5 under the final rule will include:
Capital Investment Requirements
A major change in the EB-5 visa policy is seen in the capital investment requirements with
implementation from November 21, 2019. Here the capital means cash, equipment, inventory, cash
equivalents, other tangible property and indebtedness secured by assets owned by the immigrant
investors.
The minimum investment amounts by filing date and investment location are: -
Petition Filing
Targeted Employment Area
Investment Amount
High-Employment Area
Investment Amount
Before Nov 21, 2019
$500,000
$1,000,000
On/After Nov 21, 2019
$900,000
$1,800,000
This is the first increase in these amounts since 1990.
TEA Designation: -
The new regulations grant USCIS the authority to designate TEAs and remove all state involvement.
TEAs will be limited to the immediate area around an EB-5 project, and will only allow for the
addition of adjacent census tracts if:
1. The New Commercial Enterprise is located in more than one census tract; and
2. The weighted average of the unemployment rate for the tract or tracts is at least 150% of the
national average.
This will mean that projects that were formerly contained within areas that were designated as
TEAs, may not be classified as TEAs under the new regulations.
Retention of Priority Dates
Some pending EB-5 petitions may need to be resubmitted.Therule offers greater flexibility to
immigrant investors who have a previously approved EB-5 immigrant petition. When they need to
file a new EB-5 petition,petitioners who must refile will be allowed to retain their original priority
date and so as not to lose their place in the processing queue.
Removal of Conditions for Permanent Residency
The rule revises regulations to make clear that certain derivative family members who are lawful
permanent residents must independently file to remove conditions on their permanent residence.
Family members included in the investor’s petition will continue to be processed simultaneously.
The rule improves the adjudication process for removing conditions by providing flexibility in
interview locations and to adopt the current USCIS process for issuing Green Cards.
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