EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 59

EB5INVESTORS.COM 57 Unlike the Regional Center model, one benefit of the EB-5 direct investment program is that there is no sunset date for it. Since the investor would have already made an investment on the E-2, in order to qualify the business now for the EB-5, they would only be required to make up the difference. If they could get the location of the project certified as a targeted employment area, commonly known as TEA, then they would need to round up the investment to $500,000 as opposed to the standard $ 1 million requirement. Of course, they will most likely need to hire additional employees due to the requirement of creating at least 10 full time positions. WHO CAN BENEFIT MOST FROM EB-5? EB-5 is obviously not a logical choice for students bor n i n cou nt r ies suc h as ma i n la nd Ch i na a nd Viet na m t hat a re subje ct to ret rog ression. 16 On the other hand, EB-5 could be the only legitimate choice for i m m ig rat ion for st udent s bor n i n cou nt r ie s t h at a re subje c t to re t rog re s sion i n other visa categories such as EB-2 and EB-3 such as India. 17 For Indian citizens, who would like to avoid the retrogression in the other popular visa categories such as EB-2 and EB-3, should definitely consider EB-5 as their best option. WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR A STUDENT TO APPLY FOR THE EB-5 VISA? If a f i r st-yea r st udent appl ies i n t hei r f i r st or second semester, then they could get a green card by their junior year that would help opening up