Bill Introduced to Increase EB-5 Investment Amount

Visa_Apply_ApprovedCongress may overhaul the EB-5 immigrant-visa program. A bill introduced in June of 2015 by Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would reform it.

The bill would raise the minimum investment by an immigrant to $800,000 for targeted employment areas (TEA) and $1.2 million for everywhere else. And EB-5 regional centers, which pool capital from immigrant investors, would be subject to more scrutiny through background checks, site visits and audits to combat fraud. 

There are also additional important changes made to the EB-5 program:

  • Administration fees must be sources.
  • 7 years of tax return of investors is mandatory.
  • Documents required showing Identity of Intermediaries.
  • Gift can be made only by close family member.
  • Loan must be secured by assets of the investor.
  • Lending bank must be reputable or licensed lending institution.

A detailed description of changes proposed in this bill can be reviewed here.



  • 目标雇佣区的投资额由50万升至80万。一般区的投资额由100万升至120万。
  • 投资移民申请行政费用来源也须申报。
  • 需要7年的税表。
  • 投资资金转入的中介,须有身份证明。
  • 投资资金如果是赠与,必须是由近亲家属赠与。
  • 投资资金如果是贷款,抵押的资产必须是投资人的个人资产。
  • 贷款必须是从有信誉的银行,或是从有执照的贷款机构。


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