Foreign investors in Fort Worth, Texas, seeking an EB-5 investment should consider the additional benefits of investing through an EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN) EB-5 visa project.
The EB5AN regional center in Texas provides complete coverage of the state, including Fort Worth. Foreign investors can invest in neighborhoods such Bluebonnet Place, Linwood, and Sundance Square.
Why Do Most EB-5 Investors Use Regional Centers?
Foreign investors who use EB-5 regional centers are able to experience additional benefits. By using a regional center, investors may use the indirect method of calculating jobs instead of directly employing ten people for two full years. The indirect method calculates jobs created through the spending of the project’s employees or jobs created through the construction of the project. This will allow EB-5 investors to allocate funds solely to the business plan rather than hiring additional employees. The EB5AN has organized the process to make it easier to demonstrate the required job creation for potential EB-5 applicants.
Foreign investors in Fort Worth, Texas, will immediately be able to have their projects sponsored because the EB5AN covers the area with one of their multiple USCIS-approved regional centers.
The EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN) Fort Worth, Texas Regional Center
If foreign investors in Fort Worth wish to invest locally, they will be able to use EB5AN’s regional center in the area. However, potential EB-5 investors may select EB5 investments located throughout the United States.
The EB5AN State of Texas Regional Center coves the entire state of Texas. Eligible foreign investors looking to invest in Fort Worth can choose to invest under this regional center and will be eligible for U.S. permanent resident status.
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.
Green Card Benefits for Fort Worth EB-5 Investors
A Fort Worth based EB-5 investor would have the following direct benefits after making their qualifying investment:
- The United States does not have working or living restrictions for green card holders.
- Live anywhere, from the warm beaches of South Carolina to the cool coast of the Pacific Northwest, from a ski town in Montana to the ever-vibrant city of Los Angeles.
- Live in states such as Florida 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 an H-1B work visa in order to work
Residency and Citizenship Benefits
- Investors looking to gain permanent residency in the United States should do it through EB-5 because it is one of the fastest processes. Their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 would also be eligible.
- After being a permanent resident for a minimum of five years, green card holders are eligible to apply for citizenship.
- The United States offers social welfare programs which green card holders could qualify for along with their domestic and foreign pensions.
- Green card holders have 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.
- 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.
How to Evaluate EB-5 Investment Projects
There are two predominant risks to consider when looking to invest in an EB-5 project: financial and immigration.
In order to have a successful EB-5 visa investment, the investment capital must be at risk for the duration of the investment. This does not mean that the investment should be risky, as “at risk” may imply. Investors should conduct thorough due diligence on financial and immigration risks their project may face. However, ensuring an investment is at risk is meant to prevent investors from simply “buying” a U.S. green card.
In order to determine the financial and immigration risk values, investors can utilize the EB-5 Project Risk Assessment Tool. EB5AN, in collaboration with Klasko Immigration Law Partners, developed the tool for investors to have an easy way to gauge the risk of EB-5 projects.
EB-5 Investment in Fort Worth
Fort Worth: Population and Income Demographics
Just west of Dallas, the city of Fort Worth is home to 854,000 people. It is one of the fastest growing cities and currently ranks as the 16th largest in the United States. Spanning about 356 square miles, the population density is a little more than 2,100 people per square mile. The surrounding metropolitan area houses many more not included in these numbers as well.
With such a large population and continued growth, Fort Worth is an ideal EB-5 investment location. An EB-5 investment in the area would help the local community see an increase in jobs which would help lower the unemployment rate.
The Culture and Economy of Fort Worth, Texas
Home to the Fort Worth Stockyards, Kimbell Art Museum, and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth is a vibrant place for tourists, students, and investors. The University already draws international students and the city recognizes the potential economic stimulation foreign investors would continue to bring through EB-5 investments. As Fort Worth continues to grow, investors may also consider building EB-5 projects in the surrounding areas of Roanoke, Southlake, and Haslet.
EB-5 Investors from Fort Worth
Investors from Fort Worth and the surrounding areas can contact the team at EB5AN to learn more about ongoing projects in the area that the regional center sponsors. If you are considering an EB-5 investment, the EB5 Affiliate Network can offer guidance. Call us at 1-800-288-9138, or send us an e-mail at info@EB5AN.com.