Buying a Business in the United States: The EB-5 Visa

By Michael Monnot –


If you are living abroad and are looking for a way to permanently immigrate to the United States, then perhaps the EB-5 Visa is for you.


What is an EB-5 Visa?


An EB-5 Visa is for investors who have invested a substantial amount in a new business venture in the United States that allows for a certain number of U.S. jobs to be created. This is a Visa that allows for permanent immigration status for the investor, along with their spouse and unmarried children.


What qualifies as a substantial amount?


The answer is it depends on the circumstances. In some cases, the amount invested for this type of Visa could be as little as $500,000.


You can find out more about this type of Visa from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website here:


How do I start the EB-5 process?


Talk to a business broker who has experience with the investor immigration process, and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about the EB-5 Visa process, as well as referring you to a qualified immigration attorney. We have helped many foreign national investors come to the United States, and have relationships with local immigration attorneys.


What if I don’t have $500,000 to invest?


There is another type of Visa, the E-2 Visa, that allows foreign national investors to come to the United States for a typical investment of between $80,000 to $120,000. This Visa does not grant you permanent status, but you are allowed unlimited five year or two year extensions.


You can read more about the E-2 Visa here:


Buying a Business in the United States: The E-2 Visa


What if I have more questions?


Ask us! Please feel free to leave us a comment or question below, or you can read more about using a business investment to come to the United State on our website here:




Michael Monnot

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Fort Myers, FL 33907







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