EB-5 Visa Program Overview

In 1990, under section 203(b) (5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Congress created the fifth employment-based preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category for qualified foreign investors seeking to invest in a business that benefits the U.S. economy by creating or preserving at least 10 full-time jobs. Thus, the EB-5 Program was born.

The initial amount required for foreigners to invest is $1,050,000, although that number is reduced to $800,000 if the investment is made in an area designated as rural or facing high unemployment (TEA – Target Employment Area). Approximately 10,000 green cards are available through the EB-5 program each year.



Getting Started - Talk to Houston EB5

The first step in the EB5 visa program is to contact us and fill out the investor questionnaire. Once filled out we can schedule a meeting to discuss your situation further and give you an in-depth outline of the EB-5 process, our regional center, and the current projects opportunities we have.

Click here to learn more about EB5 eligibilities.


Receive Conditional Green Card

Qualified investors such as yourself who invest through a regional center receive a conditional green card that’s valid for two years. Once the conditional green card is received you can enjoy the same benefits  as other lawful permanent residents, such as traveling around the world without needing a Visa to return to the U.S. and discounts on college tuition.

For information on green cards click here. If you have other questions, feel free to contact Houston EB5.


Apply for Your Permanent Green Card

Here you will fill out and file your I-829 application to remove your conditional status. At this point, the regional center (such as Houston EB5) is required to provide proof, on your behalf, that your investment created at least 10 jobs.


Get Your Permanent Green Card

Once the conditions are removed at the end of the 24-month period, you and your immediate family members become permanent green card holders and can later apply to become U.S. citizens.

Additional EB-5 Visa Information

The EB-5 visa program is one of the most flexible paths to a green card available. The immigrant investor can invest in an existing or new business but is not required to manage the day-to-day operations. The investor is also not required to live in the region where the investment is made. Regional centers manage projects on behalf of EB-5 investors.

Funds may come from any legal foreign or US source. This includes gifts, loans, and divorce settlements. Borrowed investment funds qualify as long as the assets of the target US business do not secure the loan. Ready to get started? Contact us to learn more!

Start Your Journey

with the EB-5 Program!


Are you a foreign investor interested in receiving your U.S. Green Card through real estate investment? The EB-5 Visa Program may be perfect for you. Simply contact us to find out if you qualify and learn more about the process.

There are a ton of great benefits to the EB-5 visa program, and Houston EB5 makes the process of getting your EB-5 Visa simple. Read on below to learn more.


In 1992, the U.S. Congress created the Regional Center Pilot Program to promote immigration and investment through the EB-5 program. It was also designed to encourage foreign investment in the United States. The Regional Center Pilot Program allows for a portion of allowable annual EB-5 Visas to be set aside for foreigners who apply through a USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) approved regional center.

A regional center is a private commercial enterprise, corporation, or regional governmental agency with a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region. Our program mirrors other successful, long-standing investment-employment-based programs in the UK, Canada, Australia, and other countries.

Houston EB5 is a USCIS-designed regional center that focuses primarily on investment opportunities for qualified projects located within targeted employment areas. Using USCIS-approved job creation methodology, Houston EB5 develops and maintains detailed economic reports to measure and verify direct and indirect job creation for qualified EB-5 projects.


Are you interested in applying for the EB-5 Visa Program? Houston EB5 can help you learn more and walk you through every step of the process. Ready to get started? Simply contact us at 281-326-9347 or online today!

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