EB5INVESTORS.COM 15 A mer ica n u n iversit ies of fer top-notch facu lt y, e xcel lent faci lit ies and fle x ibi lit y for students. There is more tutorial support, and creativity is fostere d more t ha n i n most ot her e ducat ion a l s y stem s. W h i le ot her u n iver sit y s y stem s have recently devoted major resources to attempting t o c r e a t e a n e d u c a t i o n f o r c r i t i c a l t h i n k i n g, independence and entrepreneurialism, the U.S. has been on the forefront of this for decades. Perhaps most impor tant ly, A merican schools encourage real-world, practical knowledge, rather than merely abstract theories. However, recent developments have made the goal of a U.S. education more difficult for many people to attain. Both tightening U.S. government policies and economic developments have made it harder t ha n at a ny t i me i n recent memor y for foreig n students to attend American schools and to stay in the U.S. for work after graduation. EB-5 can be an excellent route to American education, avoiding many of these pitfalls. The goal of EB-5 is U.S. legal permanent residency, which benefits students at all levels, from the ver y first visa application to post-graduation. F-1 VISA Admission to a U.S. school, college or university does ot automatically grant a student visa, and while the U.S. government does not issue data on the number of visa applications denied, it is not a trivial number. Students may be denied for reasons such as inability to support themselves, concern that the student will not return to his or her home country after their studies, and even mistakes in the application paperwork. A student on an EB-5 visa does not need an F-1 visa, so none of these concerns need apply. Even after one has received an F-1 visa and begun American studies, there is no guarantee of future American public schools “ provide an education that is often just as good as, or even superior to, expensive private schools.