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Can I Secure an EB-5 Visa by Investing in an Existing Business?

Can I Secure an EB-5 Visa by Investing in an Existing Business?

We often receive inquiries about the feasibility of applying for an EB-5 visa by investing in an existing business. The answer is a definitive "yes." In this blog post, we delve into the details of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, exploring the nuances of investing in established businesses and shedding light on the critical factor of job creation.

The EB-5 program offers a unique avenue for individuals seeking permanent residency in the U.S. through substantial investment. While the standard investment threshold is $1,050,000 million, investments in infrastructure or Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) qualify at $800,000. Investing in an existing business is not only allowed but can be a strategic move for prospective immigrants.

One crucial aspect to consider is the requirement for job creation. To qualify for the EB-5 visa, an investment in an existing business must result in the establishment of 10 additional full-time, permanent positions. For instance, if you are eyeing a restaurant with an existing staff of five, your business plan must articulate a future where the New Commercial Enterprise (NCE) thrives with a team of fifteen—10 additional positions brought to life through your EB-5 investment.

Crafting a robust business plan is pivotal in this context. At Visa Business Plans, we specialize in developing comprehensive plans that not only meet USCIS requirements but also communicate the growth potential and job creation aspects of your investment. Our focus is on translating your vision into a strategic document that aligns with the objectives of the EB-5 program.

Success in the EB-5 endeavor extends beyond financial investment. It involves presenting a business plan that outlines your commitment to fostering growth within the American business landscape. In essence, the EB-5 program is an opportunity for forward-thinking entrepreneurs to contribute to economic growth and position themselves as catalysts for positive change.

In conclusion, acquiring an existing business for an EB-5 investment is a viable option. The key lies in developing a business plan that not only satisfies the program's legal requirements but also articulates a compelling narrative of growth and job creation.


The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.


Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.


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