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Direct vs. Indirect Jobs in the EB-5 Visa Program

June 8, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
Posted by Exclusive Visas

 One significant issue that you as an EB-5 Investor will need to consider when researching the EB-5 Visa Program is Job Creation. Under the EB-5 Program each foreign investor is required to invest $1 million or $500,000 (if the EB-5 Project is located in a “TEA”) and to create and preserve at least 10 full-time jobs within two years of the foreign investor’s admittance to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.

 There are two EB-5 Visa Programs to choose from, the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program and the EB-5 Direct Program. In either program, the job creation requirement needs to be fulfilled. The benefit of investing into an existing approved EB-5 Regional Center is that the job creation requirement can be fulfilled by creating jobs directly and indirectly. Whereas investments unaffiliated with Regional Centers must create 10 new direct jobs

 Direct jobs are actual recognizable jobs for qualified employees hired within the commercial enterprise the EB-5 investor chose to invest in.

 Indirect jobs are those shown to have been created indirectly or as a result of capital invested in a commercial enterprise affiliated with a regional center by an EB-5 investor. 

How to identify or count indirect  jobs?    

Approved Regional Center typically use economists to generate models which calculate the number of direct and indirect jobs resulting from the intended project. There are several Job creation models accepted by the USCIS, but the two common models used by economists and Regional Centers are IMPLAN and RIMS II.  The main difference is that IMPLAN is an employment-driven model, while RIMS II is an output-drive model.

To the non-economist, this may seem like a distinction without a difference.   
And in fact, the total number of jobs that are created as calculated by these two models is usually fairly similar.   The big difference occurs at the verification stage.  After the proposal has been submitted, it takes the USCIS several months to issue a decision.   

 Very often foreign investors looking to obtain a green card through investment prefer to retain professionals who can provide EB-5 consulting services. Our EB-5 consultants can provide an in depth due diligence report on the EB-5 project including Job Creation analysis. For more information on how Exclusive Visas may be able to help you please email us at info@eb5exclusive.com or call +954-727-9800.


One Response to “Direct vs. Indirect Jobs in the EB-5 Visa Program”

  1. Shin says:

    We need a direct visa to get a new job there…


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