Call center in Dallas to utilize EB-5 visa funding
According to a recent announcement by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, a $15 million call center in the city that is expected to employ 300 people will soon open using funding from the city's EB-5 regional center.
The Dallas Morning News reports that while an exact location for the facility has not yet been chosen, the Encore Enterprises call center will receive investments from 30 foreign nationals through the EB-5 visa program.
Through this program, foreigners can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas) in an American company or project that either creates or maintains at least 10 full-time jobs.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines an EB-5 regional center as "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."
Leppert and city council member Ron Natinsky have reportedly been attempting to promote the EB-5 regional center in order to bring in more investment money.
According to a news release, other future projects utilizing such funding could potentially include a "well-known restaurant chain."