|YEAR||2014 (Up to June)||2013||2012||2011||2010||2009|
|NUMBER OF EB-5 INVESTORS APPROVED||4,015||3,699||3,677||1,571||1,369||1,265|
|ESTIMATED EB-5 CAPITAL RAISED||$1.92 billion||$1.85 billion||$1.84 billion||$786 million||$685 million||$633 million|
Direct or stand-alone projects have become very popular recently, mostly due to the advantages listed below. Prior to the emergence of the Regional Center Pilot Program, the traditional method for EB-5 investors was through the stand alone (direct) investment.
In order for an applicant to qualify under the Basic EB-5 Visa program, they must meet the following three requirements:
For pooled investment programs, as in the regional center investment, the EB-5 policy management requirement can be minimal for those not interested in day-to-day management, or running an active business. For non-pooled projects, the investment may consist of the contribution of various forms of capital, including cash, equipment, inventory, property, and other tangible equivalents.
This involves a passive investment of $500,000 if made in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) within a Designated Regional Center.
The EB-5 policy management requirement is minimal in that the investor can be a limited partner and still qualify as long as the limited partners have a policy-making role. Thus, for those who are not interested in day-to-day management, or running an active business, Regional Center programs offer an acceptable inactive form of investment.
The investor is not required to live in the place of investment; rather, he or she can live wherever he/she wishes in the US.
The EB-5 Investment Regional Center program is ideal for the retiree or inactive investor due in large part to the “indirect employment” feature of this program. The Regional Center Program removes the employee requirement of the Regular program and replaces it with a less restrictive “indirect employment creation,” which allows the investor to qualify by proving a combination of 10 direct and/or indirect employees.