Investing in Nevada EB-5 Program-Approved Projects

Choosing to partner with EB5AN on your EB-5 investment in Nevada means accessing all the benefits of EB-5 program investment and more. Explore what the program and EB5AN’s premier regional center have to offer.

Most EB-5 Investors Prefer Regional Centers for Two Reasons

Qualified EB-5 investment participants have two ways to invest. They can either directly invest in a program-approved project or partner with any EB-5 regional center across the country on an eligible project. And although investing directly offers a unique set of advantages, history shows that EB-5 investors prefer regional center projects. Why? There are two reasons:

  • Investing through an EB-5 Regional Center streamlines the investment process. Reputable regional centers offer years of combined industry knowledge and experience.
  • Regional centers make it easier to achieve the EB-5 investment program’s job creation requirements as they can utilize the indirect job calculation method. Rather than proving that you hired 10 full-time workers for a minimum of two years, you only need to demonstrate you have invested according to approved regional center business plans.

EB5AN oversees numerous USCIS-approved regional centers spanning the country and offers immediate sponsorship for strong EB-5 projects across a broad geographical footprint, including coverage of all 16 counties in Nevada. Learn more below about the EB5AN State of Nevada Regional Center specifically.

The EB5AN State of Nevada Regional Center

Although prospective EB-5 investment participants in Nevada have the freedom to invest anywhere they choose, the EB5AN State of Nevada Regional Center is USCIS approved and can offer EB-5 investors from Nevada investment opportunities right where they live. EB5AN can create projects anywhere in Nevada’s 16 counties, including in the state’s three largest cities.

  • Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas serves as a travel and entertainment hub for casino, hotel, and entertainment venues.
  • Henderson, the state’s second-largest city and directly adjacent to Las Vegas, accommodates some of Nevada’s most affluent residents.
  • Reno has been dubbed the “Biggest Little City in the World” and sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is also a short distance from another hot travel destination, Lake Tahoe.

Benefits of EB-5 Green Cards Held by Nevada EB-5 Investors

Direct green card benefits Nevada’s EB-5 investors can access fall under four general sub-categories related to travel, employment, education, and U.S. residency and citizenship. Find examples below of benefits associated with each.

Green Card Holder Travel Benefits

  • A green card holder can travel anywhere in the U.S., without restriction.
  • Green card holders can also travel abroad without concern of reentry denial, although a few travel restrictions apply.
  • Investors (and eligible family members) who face political changes or other significant events in their home country have immediate reentry privileges to the U.S.

Green Card Holder Employment Benefits

  • Green card holders don’t need a visa or employer sponsor.
  • They do not need an H-1B work visa to work legally.
  • Green card holders may work and live anywhere in the country.
  • They may enjoy local benefits (from environmental and cultural to tax benefits) offered in their area.

Green Card Holder Education Benefits

  • EB-5 green card holders are eligible for free elementary, middle, and high school-level public education.
  • College-aged EB-5 green card holders qualify for in-state tuition savings through state universities and accredited colleges.
  • EB-5 green card holders can access scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
  • Green card holders may also work while completing their education, internships, and post-graduate job applications.

Green Card Residency and Citizenship Benefits

  • The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides one of the most direct paths to permanent residency in the U.S.
  • Establishing five years of U.S. permanent residency opens up the option to apply for citizenship in the U.S.
  • Retired green card holders can access their pensions and may be eligible for Medicare and similar social welfare benefits.

Five Requirements of a Successful EB-5 Investment

Each EB-5 investment, regardless of the project’s location, must fulfill the five primary requirements outlined below in order to be deemed successful.

  • Required Minimum Investment. Projects located outside of designated targeted employment areas (TEAs) require a $1.8 million minimum investment. EB5AN projects, however, only require $900,000 because they are located within designated TEAs.
  • Required NCE or Troubled Business Investment. EB-5 investment capital must be invested in either a new commercial enterprise or a qualifying troubled business.
  • Required Source-of-Funds Evidence. All EB-5 investment capital must be accompanied by proof that the capital was lawfully sourced.
  • Required Investment Risk. EB-5 investment capital is required to remain at-risk for the duration of the investment period.
  • Required Job Creation. Every EB-5 investment is required to create or preserve 10 full-time positions for U.S. workers for no less than two years.

Assessing Risk for EB-5 Investment Projects

All Nevada EB-5 investors should assess the immigration and financial risks associated with each project they consider, and EB5AN has made that assessment process a little easier. Partnering with Klasko Immigration Law Partners, EB5AN has developed an EB-5 Project Risk Assessment Tool available to prospective EB-5 investors.

The digital tool provides easy-to-understand guidance through the first stages of conducting proper due diligence on EB-5 investment projects, helping to minimize both financial and immigration risk exposure. For instance, as previously noted, a primary EB-5 visa requirement is that all investment capital remain at-risk for the duration of the investment period. Contrary to general intuition, “at-risk” does not suggest that an investor is required to invest in “risky” projects. Rather, it requires that all investment capital remain subject to loss for the entire time it is invested.

The requirement ensures the EB-5 program’s integrity – qualified Nevada EB-5 investors cannot “buy” a U.S. green card but instead must actually invest in the state’s economy. As with any investment, when an EB-5 investor conducts the proper due diligence, they can minimize the risks associated with investing. Learn more by downloading the questionnaire at the link below.

Click Here to Download the EB-5 Project Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Deciding Whether Nevada Is a Good Location for Your EB-5 Investment

Nevada’s population aged 16 and up is about 2.1 million people, according to U.S. Census data. More than half of this population segment (around 1.4 million) is considered a part of the state’s labor force. Nearly all of them (1.2 million) are employed, with 175,000 unemployed.

Nevada’s geographic area totals 110,622 square miles, measuring 322 miles wide and 492 miles long. The estimated population density in the state comes to 25.4 people per square mile. This figure makes Nevada the 24th-most densely populated state in the U.S.

Review the population and income data provided below to understand Nevada’s general economic outlook better so that you can decide whether Nevada is the right location for your EB-5 investment.

Nevada: Population and Income Demographics

Nevada’s General Economic Outlook

Nevada’s GDP, unemployment, and consumption data can provide insight into the state’s general economic outlook.

  • Carson City is Nevada’s state capitol.
  • Las Vegas is the state’s largest city and the heart of its largest metro area, the Las Vegas-Paradise MSA.
  • Nevada’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached $126 billion in 2010, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 5.17% and a per capita GDP of $41,321 from 2000 to 2010.
  • These figures rank Nevada as the 33rd-largest economy in the U.S. by GDP.

Tourism (specifically gambling and entertainment) is a massive part of Nevada’s economy, as are mining and cattle ranching. Top industrial outputs in the state include tourism, printing and publishing, food processing, electrical equipment, machinery, and mining, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated personal income per capita at $38,578 in 2009, putting it in 19th place in the nation. State debt was calculated in 2012 to be around $3,100 per taxpayer ($7.5 billion for the entire state).

Unemployment rates in 2015 averaged 6.8% for Nevada, with monthly employment rates over the fourth quarter hitting 6.2%, 6.3%, and 6.1%.

How EB-5 Investors from Nevada Can Access EB5AN Projects

Nevada residents can access EB-5 program-approved investment projects through EB5AN. Reach out to EB5AN directly to learn more about investment opportunities currently open and accepting investor capital through the EB5AN State of Nevada Regional Center.

Although it doesn’t matter where you live in Nevada, EB-5 investors from the following Nevada cities and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact us to learn more about the EB-5 investment process:

If you are a foreign national and prospective EB-5 investor in Nevada, the team at EB5AN is a resource available to you. Click here to schedule a call and find out more about EB5AN’s current EB-5 investment opportunities.