Compared to other Citizenship/Residency by Investment programs globally, the EB-5 visa isn’t structured very attractively. For one, it’s more expensive than most countries’ programs (which average about $350,000 USD). The majority of other countries also do not require proof of job creation, and the investment can be made directly into a private real asset. However, the biggest hurdle for most prospective immigrants are the time delays for an EB-5 petition to be approved.

Wait times for current EB-5 applicants will likely fall between 2.5 and 3.5 years (disregarding the decade-plus waits that mainland Chinese investors face due to retrogression). This is simply not competitive with programs that offer residency in a matter of weeks, or citizenship in a matter of months, through simpler means.

Frustration over EB-5 wait times has led many applicants to pursue alternative methods — supposed “shortcuts” — to U.S. permanent residency. However, as attorney Ed Beshara explains in this week’s featured article, they may carry hidden downsides.

This article will address the global trends in Citizenship/Residency By Investment (CRBI) programs in other countries, and consider their collective effect on the competitiveness of the U.S. EB-5 program. Based upon global trends in CRBI, the foreign national investor who is interested in obtaining residency in the U.S. will need to analyze the best options, especially from a timeline and cost standpoint, for visa entry into the U.S

Continue reading the article: “Avoiding Time Delays in EB-5: Best Options for Today’s Immigrant Investor”

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