Agriculture: A potential EB-5 investment opportunity
When considering EB-5 investment opportunities, foreign nationals likely want to choose to invest in an industry that is stable, and few industries have been more stable throughout the course of history than agriculture.
Participants in the EB-5 visa program who wish to invest in agriculture have a number of options if they choose to invest in an EB-5 regional center. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lists 14 EB-5 regional centers that are currently involved in the agriculture industry.
The EB-5 visa program was started in 1990 to help U.S. businesses attract foreign capital. If a foreign national invests $1 million (or in some designated areas, $500,000) in an American business and that investment leads to the creation or preservation of 10 jobs then the investor becomes eligible for a U.S. green card.
Shortly after the EB-5 visa program began, EB-5 regional centers were created to help manage the investments of foreign nationals. EB-5 regional centers can be “any economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment,” according to the USCIS website.
For those who wish to participate in the EB-5 visa program by investing in agriculture have a number of options throughout the country, as there are EB-5 regional centers that focus on agriculture from Hawaii to New York.