EB-5 Investors from Los Angeles, California: What to Know About EB-5 Investment

EB-5 investors from Los Angeles, California seeking an EB-5 investment should consider the benefits of investing in an EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN) EB-5 visa project. Downtown, the Arts District, Brentwood, and every other neighborhood of Los Angeles are covered by the EB5 Affiliate Network’s regional center in California.

The EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN) Los Angeles, California Regional Center

Potential EB-5 investors may select EB5 investments located anywhere in the United States. Those living in Los Angeles, however, may simply want to invest in projects located within the state, and EB5AN already has a USCIS-approved regional center that covers Los Angeles.

Through EB5 Affiliate Network’s State of California EB-5 regional center, EB-5 projects in Los Angeles County and nearby Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, and Irvine are covered. Qualified foreign investors can contribute to these projects by investing through our USCIS-approved EB-5 regional center with geographic coverage of Los Angeles. Such foreign investors seeking U.S. permanent resident status can obtain permanent residency through the EB-5 investment program.

Green Card Benefits for Los Angeles EB-5 Investors

The direct benefits for a Los Angeles based EB-5 investor of making an EB-5 investment include the following:

Residency and Citizenship Benefits

  • EB-5 is one of the fastest methods to gain permanent residency in the United States for the EB-5 investor, his or her spouse, and their unmarried children under 21 years of age.
  • Retired green card holders can access their pensions earned abroad and in the United States. They may also qualify for Medicare and other social welfare programs.
  • Green card holders may apply for U.S. citizenship after a minimum of five years of established permanent residency in the United States.

Employment Benefits

  • Green card holders are free to live and work anywhere in the United States, without restriction.
    • Live anywhere, from the beaches of California and Hawaii to the mountains of Colorado, from a quiet, rural town to the hustle and bustle of New York City.
    • Live in states such as Los Angeles and Texas with no state income tax.
  • The EB-5 program does not require a visa sponsor or employer sponsor
  • Green card holders do not need H-1B work visa in order to work

Travel Benefits

  • Green card holders can leave and enter the country without being denied reentry, although some travel restrictions apply.
  • Green card holders are free to travel to any part of the United States.
  • In the event of a political change or significant event in the investor’s home country, the investor and his or her family can immediately gain entry to the United States.

Education Benefits

  • Green card holders have free access to public elementary, middle, and high schools and lower-cost in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
  • U.S. residency improves the likelihood of U.S. university admission by as much as 350%.
    • Green card holders qualify for in-state tuition, financial aid, and scholarships.
    • Permanent residents can also work while studying, complete internships, and apply for postgraduate positions.

Primary EB-5 Investment Requirements

The primary EB-5 investment requirements can be summarized as follows:

  • Investing a minimum of $900,000 for EB-5 investments made in rural or high unemployment areas designated as targeted employment areas (TEAs). Projects outside of TEAs require an investment of $1,800,000, but all of EB5AN’s EB-5 investment projects are located in TEAs and qualify for the lower investment threshold of $900,000.
  • Creating or preserving at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers that last a minimum of two years.
  • Investing in a new commercial enterprise or a troubled business.
  • Maintaining the at-risk status of the investment and using investment funds that have been lawfully sourced.

Why Do Most EB-5 Investors Use Regional Centers?

EB-5 regional centers streamline the EB-5 investment process for potential EB-5 applicants and make it easier to demonstrate required job creation. Specifically, only regional centers may use the indirect method of calculating jobs through an approved economic methodology. This means that EB-5 investors must show only that their invested funds were spent according to the business plan rather than documenting that full time (W-2) employees were hired and remained employed for at least two full years.

EB5 Affiliate Network maintains multiple USCIS-approved regional centers with broad geographic coverage, enabling it to immediately sponsor strong EB-5 projects in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, California.

EB-5 Investment in Los Angeles

The Culture and Economy of Los Angeles, California

Besides providing tourists with endless diversions like Disneyland, the City of Angels is a popular destination for U.S and international students who come to attend the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. L.A. has also welcomed the EB-5 Regional Center Program and the economic growth it promises through contributions by immigrant investors who want to make America their new home.

Los Angeles: Population and Income Demographics

With a population of over 4 million, Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second-largest city in the United States. Since the city’s population is expected to continue growing, its citizens will need more housing and jobs. You can help meet that need by affiliating your investment with the EB5AN regional center in California. By creating jobs to fulfill EB-5 program requirements, you can help lower the unemployment rate for the people of L.A. and provide the city with beneficial economic stimulus.

How to Evaluate EB-5 Investment Projects

EB-5 investors based in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in California should evaluate both financial and immigration risk when selecting an EB-5 investment project.

One of the requirements of a successful EB-5 visa investment is that the investment capital must be at risk for the duration of the investment. This is to ensure investors actually invest their capital and are not simply “buying” a U.S. green card.

“At risk” does not mean that EB-5 investors are required to invest in “risky” projects. Quite the contrary—EB-5 investors are strongly recommended to conduct thorough due diligence to minimize their exposure to financial and immigration risk.

EB5AN, in collaboration with Klasko Immigration Law Partners, has developed an EB-5 Project Risk Assessment Tool for EB-5 investors. This highly functional, easy-to-use tool guides investors through the initial diligence of EB-5 projects from both financial and immigration risk perspectives.

Download our EB-5 Project Risk Assessment Questionnaire

First Steps for EB-5 Investors from Los Angeles

EB5AN has EB-5 investment projects that are available to residents of Los Angeles, California. EB-5 investors from Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in California can inquire about EB5 investment projects that are currently open to investment and are sponsored by an EB5AN EB-5 regional center.

No matter where you come from, if you are a foreign national in Los Angeles considering making an EB-5 investment, the team at EB5 Affiliate Network can help. Call us at 1-800-288-9138, or send us an e-mail at info@EB5AN.com.

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