The most common question we receive is, what about the investment, do I just start a business in the US?

Answer. No.

Just a reminder about EB-5 Visa requirements:

– Meet the minimum investment amount – US$500,000
– Pass a background check.
– Creation of 10 US Jobs from the investment.

The first major consideration for an EB-5 investor is whether or not they would like to invest directly into a business or through a regional center.

The far more popular choice is through the Regional Center Pilot program. Over 95% of EB-5 investors choose to invest through this program rather than directly into a new or troubled business.

Why is this?

According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, a new business has a success rate of 56% over a 5 year period.

In order to qualify for EB-5 investment, your direct business investment must create ten new permanent jobs.

Assuming that your employees have an annual salary of $40,000 USD, this turns into a $400,000 expense per year. Only one expense, you still have to pay for utilities, legal fees, permits, construction, maintenance, etc. This is extremely difficult for a new business to sustain over a long period.

That is the reason why the Regional Center Program was created.

Regional centers are able to gather multiple investors and invest in larger, and typically, more stable projects.

What does this mean for investors?

With regional centers, they take care of the jobs, communicates with the developer, and invests the capital from the investors. They handle all the project side work.

So, you only have to worry about your personal immigration case.


If you like to know more, then message us on WhatsApp +1(224) 650-4020 or click on this link ( and we will guide you through the requirements and help with your entire EB-5 Visa application process.

Source: WTC-San Francisco