EB-5 Direct Investment Option

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Expand your business reach to America and start your residency by making a direct investment.

Direct investment gives U.S. small businesses the investment capital they need, while providing the foreign investor with permanent resident status and the chance to exert some control over the operation and management of the investment business.

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EB-5 Direct Investment Option

Direct investment gives U.S. small businesses the investment capital they need, while providing the foreign investor with permanent resident status and the chance to exert some control over the operation and management of the investment business.

The EB-5 direct investment option, sometimes also referred to as the individual investment, allows a foreign investor to live in the United States on a permanent basis for investing in a new business, existing business or in the expansion of a business in the United States. It has proven to be a powerful economic stimulus measure. Direct investment gives U.S. small businesses the investment capital they need, while providing the foreign investor with permanent resident status and the chance to exert some control over the operation and management of the investment business.

Investment of $1,000,000, or $500,000 in certain circumstances, which is legally acquired, can be made in any commercial enterprise that is a legal, for-profit business endeavour. The commercial enterprise can have any business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, etc.), but must be an active investment, meaning that the investor must participate in the management and growth of the investment capital. The investment must result in the direct creation or retention of 10 full-time employee positions.

Advantages of Direct Investment

Direct investment in a new business, existing business or expansion of a business provides the investor with a high level of control over his or her investment. The investor has the ability to oversee operations, and make decisions as to how the business will move forward towards profitability. There are a number of benefits in choosing the direct investment option for your EB-5 visa. For example:

  • Direct investors have the freedom to choose the industry and business that they want to invest in, so long as the business venture is legal.
  • Direct investors have a high level of control over their investment. They have their hand in the business operations and management of the business.
  • Direct investors have direct control of real, tangible business assets.
  • Direct investment is a less complicated and less formal process than investing in a regional center.
  • Direct investments often see higher short term and long term returns on the investment, in part due to the consistent oversight by the individual foreign investor.s.
  • Direct investments often have a higher likelihood of remaining successful, profitable business entities since only a few individuals, or possibly even just a single individual, runs the business, compared to regional center investments, where there could be hundreds of investors in the regional center, all with conflicting agendas and business objectives.

Downside to Direct Investments

There are a number of drawbacks associated with making a direct investment in a U.S. business. For instance, direct investments can place a higher burden on the investor, which may or may not be desirable for the investor. For example:

INVESTORS MUST BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS.

Direct investment in a business requires that the foreign investor be actively involved in the set up and management of the business, and to maintain an active role in the business for the duration of his or her EB-5 visa

THE TYPE OF BUSINESS MATTERS.

Direct investment requires proof that the investment entity is a “new commercial entity,

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If you are a local individual or business owner looking to start a new commercial endeavor, an established business looking for top-notch, cost-effective general business law services, or a foreign investor, entrepreneur or business person looking enter the United States market, Consilium Law, LLC can help.

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