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Immigrant Investor Visas (C5, T5, R5, and I5) are part of the Employment Fifth Preference (E5) category of Employment-Based Immigrant Visas. Immigrant Investors may also be referred to as "Immigrant Entrepreneurs" in the C5, T5, R5, and I5 visa categories. These employment visas are specifically for foreign investors that wish to enter the United States to do business with and invest in new commercial enterprises that will help the U.S. economy by creating more jobs. The four types of immigrant investor visas in the E5 category are:
In order to qualify for an immigrant investor C5, T5, R5, or I5 visa, the foreign investor must meet certain financial requirements. He or she must invest a minimum of $1,000,000 or $500,000 (if in a targeted employment area) of their own, un-borrowed money. The commercial enterprise in which the investor is investing their capital must also meet certain qualifying conditions. The investment must create at least 10 new jobs for U.S. citizens, LPRs, or other immigrants that can legally work in the United States. This cannot include the investor or his or her spouse or children.
Making these immigrant investor visas even more challenging to obtain is the fact that these visas are numerically limited, meaning that the U.S. only can give out approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas per fiscal year. Roughly only 7.1 percent of these allotted 140,000 work visas typically go to immigrant investors seeking a C5, T5, R5 or I5 visa. Once these visas run out, any qualifying applicants will be put on a wait list.
There are strict requirements that must be met in order to qualify for an immigrant investor visa and there are a very limited amount of them given out each year. Thus, it may be a challenge getting approved for a C5, T5, R5, or I5 investor visa. Immigration lawyers know how to help you if you wish to obtain one of these employment visas. It is also wise to have a knowledgeable immigration attorney help you through the application process, as there are many documents, records, fees and forms that need to be submitted along with your application. If there is any discrepancy, misrepresentation or other question that arises in your application, you may be denied the immigrant investor visa and thus denied entry into the United States to conduct your business. This can be detrimental to the investors, enterprises, and future jobs of the enterprise that a foreign investment would have created. An immigration attorney can make sure that there are no issues with your application so that you have the best chance at being easily and quickly approved for a C5, T5, R5, or I5 visa. In addition, if there is a problem with your investor visa or with your application, a skilled immigration attorney can help you reach a solution fast.
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