EB-5 and International Students – EB-5 Daily

For international students attending a university in the United States, the EB-5 Visa is the best graduation gift their parents can bestow upon them.

A large portion of the EB-5 investor community is composed of foreign-born college students.  An international student studying in America on a non-immigrant F-1 student visa can apply for the EB-5 program while attending University.  

Often times, students receive the source of their EB-5 funds as a gift from their parents. Parents need not worry, as a gift from parent to child can be a valid source of EB-5 investment funds.  

According to USCIS, I-526 applications (the application EB-5 investors must file) can be approved in as little as 36 months, so a college freshman may be able to obtain an approved immigrant investor visa prior to graduating from a four-year university.

While processing times for approval of the I-526 can be lengthy, the EB-5 industry is optimistic that reform legislation will be passed improving efficiency, and leading to faster processing of I-526 applications.

Under current immigration law, an approved EB-5 investor, who has an available visa, and who is lawfully present in the United States under a valid non-immigrant visa (such as an F-1 student visa), may be able to adjust their status and get their green card.  You can visit the USCIS website to learn more about adjustment of status.  According to the USCIS website, “[i]n general, you may apply to change your nonimmigrant status if you were lawfully admitted to the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, your nonimmigrant status remains valid, you have not violated the conditions of your status, and you have not committed any crimes that would make you ineligible.”  It is advisable to reach out to a qualified immigration attorney for legal advice tailored to your specific situation.  

So Why Is the EB-5 Visa the Ultimate Graduation Gift?

When international students graduate from universities in the United States, they face the daunting task of finding employment in a highly competitive U.S. job market. Graduates with unconditional authorization to work in the United States are simply more desirable and will find that they have more opportunity to get interviewed and hired for premiere job openings.

The EB-5 Regional Center program is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021.  You can get started by reaching out to a trusted Regional Center for more information.


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