Citizenship By Investment - All You Need To Know

EB-5 Visa: A Brief

If you want to fulfil your dream of a US Green Card the EB5 Visa is your golden opportunity to grab. This visa is the US version of the Golden visa which was launched in 1990 to attract foreign capital for boosting the country’s economy. The immigrant programme issues a visa that allows the holder to live, work, study and even retire in the USA through investment in government-recognized projects.

An investment of $900,000 in a US government project bears the possibility of generating 10 American jobs.

Benefits of US Gold Visa:

  • Travel without a visa to 183 countries 

  • The spouse and unmarried children and other dependent family members of the main applicant can also apply for citizenship.

  • Investors gain the right to do business and register it in the US market.

  • The loan conditions in the US are pretty favourable to allow the smooth acquisition of real estate as well as education.

  • The banking system is also favourable as it is possible to keep or withdraw balances without paying extra fees.

  • There is a flood of opportunity for American citizens to apply for loans and grants to study at the university at a subsidised cost.

Options in which you can acquire an EB5 visa:

Ways that will lead to US visa by investment

  • Any validated project of regional centres or the Targeted Employment Area (TEA). 

  • The investment amount is $900000 in such cases where the creation of at least 10 jobs for a period of 2 to 5 years is a must.

The investment should be applied under the category “At-Risk ” Investment in a US commercial enterprise. There can be no guarantee on the return of investment as it would disqualify the investor from a permanent Green Card. With the expert team at Vazir group your cost of investment would be soundly handled.

A Conditional Green Card is issued which is valid for 2 years and after that, a Permanent green card can be issued provided the investments are still retained. Citizenship is granted 5 years later from issuing the conditional green card.

Requirements for obtaining US citizenship by investment

  • The applicant must be over 18 of age

  • Abide by the security protocol of the US

  • Confirmation of funds available and proof of legal source of income


Primary requirements for US citizenship by investment (EB-5 Visa) are:

  • It should necessarily meet the basic capital amount which is either $900,000

  • At least 10 fresh full-time job opportunities must be created to be lasting for at least two years. If there’s no immediate job creation through the investment made, it should at least be established that a need for ten full-time employees will arise in the due course.

  • The money for investment must be sourced legally and proof showing transparency in funds is mandatory.

  • USCIS must approve the investment made.

  • The enterprise where the investment is made must be a “for-profit” organisation that was established after 1990.

  • The money invested must have the “at risk” status meaning there’s no guarantee for capital return.

How do you Apply for an EB-5 Visa?

The process for application of this visa would start once your investment is settled, where you’d be required to do the following:

1) Choose an Investment advisor & Immigration attorney. 

2) Find an EB-5 Project that meets EB-5 program requirements.

3) Investment of capital & filing of I-526 application with USCIS.

4) Apply for Adjustment of status (I-485 application) and DS-260 form.

5) 2-Year conditional Green card.

6) Permanent residency & I-829 petition.

Vazir group will help you choose the best investment visa programme in the US and lead you through the best trajectory you would need to follow to have a smooth ride with the investment process.


How long is the processing time for EB-5 Visa?

The processing time for getting this Visa is on average 18 months from the time of the submission of the application with the USCIS. This is only the average estimate for processing the application so the actual time can vary from this range.

Paperwork and Documents needed for EB-5 Visa Application


During the Visa application process for US citizenship by investment,, the USCIS would check whether the proof of the applicant’s investments is meeting their requirements. The documents to be submitted are:

  • Documents must bear the evidence that either investment has been made or are in the process of investing in a for-profit and fresh new commercial project established after 1990

  • Proof of purchase of a for-profit new commercial enterprise which was established before 1990 but rearranged so that a new enterprise is an outcome; 

  • Investments were made in a for-profit new commercial enterprise which was established before 1990 but the investment resulted in at least a 40% hike in the net worth or number of employees.

  • Evidence that the new enterprise would be managed well overseas.

  • Evidence that the investment has resulted in at least ten new full-time jobs – directly or indirectly. Or the application must be supported by a comprehensive business plan that will show that at least ten new positions will be required in future even if they're not there in the present.

  • Evidence of intention to keep the employees working for at least two years.

  • Proof that a minimum investment has been made.

  • Proof that the investment money was secured lawfully:

    • Registration records of foreign business

    • Corporate and personal tax returns

    • Proof of any other source of capital

  • Proof of any pending civil or criminal actions against the applicant from a court within or outside the USA from the previous 15 years (if applicable).

  • Validity of passport for six months

  • Passport size pictures taken within six months with plain white background and normal expression.

  • Possession of civil Documents like birth certificates and marriage registry certificate and so on

  • A Complete Medical Checkup


Cost of applying for an EB-5 Visa for US citizenship by investment

  • The petition filing fee for the Visa application is $3,675. Besides paying the $900,000 for the Visa one also has to invest in any other administrative process or Form DS-260 processing fee

  • Fees to obtain supporting documents

  • Translation fees if any from a foreign language to English

  • During the investment process Fees if any you pay to acquire legal help


How can Vazir Group Help?

The enterprise on which the investment is to be made must be chosen carefully by the applicant or through a regional centre. Since the amount for US citizenship by investment is huge we suggest hiring a lawyer would minimise errors. Vazir Group is here to help you to be sure of your investment choices and begin your beautiful journey in the States.


The team of experts at Vazir Group will help you out with the best solutions and after the investment is settled, documents for submissions of the Visa application must be provided. The required paperwork and documentation done for obtaining the Golden Visa is pretty demanding Thus, we suggest you to take professional help for US citizenship by investment.

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