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Navigating the EB-5 Visa Job Creation Requirement

By February 26, 2024EB-5 Visa
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The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a golden pathway for entrepreneurs and investors aiming to secure a green card by investing in the U.S. economy. However, one of the pivotal requirements of the EB-5 visa is the creation of 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers. Understanding the timeline and strategy for fulfilling this requirement is crucial for applicants to navigate the process successfully.

The Timing for Job Creation

Contrary to common misconceptions, the EB-5 visa application process does not require the immediate creation of 10 full-time jobs upon filing the initial petition. Applicants are granted a generous timeline to meet this requirement, which is often misunderstood, leading to unnecessary stress and confusion.

When you file your I-526 petition, the clock starts ticking, but not in the way many fear. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows a two-year period after the approval of the I-526 petition for the creation of these jobs. Given the current processing times, which can extend to three, four or even five years for the I-526 petitions, investors effectively have about five to six to seven years from the time of filing to fulfill the job creation mandate.

Strategic Planning for EB-5 Investors

This extended timeframe provides a strategic advantage to EB-5 investors. It allows for careful planning, development, and scaling of the business to ensure not only compliance with the EB-5 program requirements but also the long-term success of the enterprise. Investors can use this period to fine-tune their business model, adapt to market changes, and ensure that the jobs created are sustainable and contribute positively to the U.S. economy.

Key Considerations for EB-5 Job Creation

  • Sustainability: Focus on creating jobs that will last beyond the USCIS’s verification period, contributing to the long-term success of your business and the community.
  • Compliance: Ensure that the jobs created meet the EB-5 program’s criteria, including full-time positions (35+ hours per week) for qualifying U.S. workers.
  • Documentation: Maintain meticulous records of the job creation, including employment records, payroll details, and business growth evidence, to streamline the verification process.


The EB-5 visa offers a unique opportunity for investors to contribute to the U.S. economy while paving a path to residency. Understanding the flexibility provided by the USCIS in terms of job creation can alleviate much of the pressure associated with this process. Strategic planning and compliance are key to leveraging this opportunity to its fullest potential.
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