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The EB-5 Investment Pathway: Shares and Assets Acquisition

By April 22, 2024EB-5 Visa
Shares and Assets

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program stands out as a great option for entrepreneurs and investors aiming to secure their place in the United States. This program, designed to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors, offers a unique pathway to obtaining a green card. However, the nuances of what constitutes an eligible EB-5 investment, particularly when it comes to purchasing shares or assets of a business, can be complex.

Understanding EB-5 Investments in Business Acquisitions

For an EB-5 investment to qualify, it must meet specific criteria, including the investment amount and the creation of jobs. When considering the acquisition of an existing business, investors often question whether funds transferred directly to a seller for the purchase of the business can count towards the EB-5 investment requirement.

The crux of the matter lies in the utilization of the investment for job creation. The U.S. government mandates that the entire investment amount—either $1.05 million or $800,000, depending on the location of the business—must be at the disposal of the EB-5 business. This is to ensure that the investment is directly contributing to the creation of at least ten full-time jobs.

The Role of Funds in Job Creation

It’s crucial to understand that any portion of the investment not available for job creation may be discounted from the total investment amount. This includes funds allocated as professional or administrative fees, as well as payments made directly to the seller in the case of purchasing company stock or assets.

To navigate this stipulation successfully, EB-5 applicants must demonstrate that the invested funds were initially committed to the EB-5 company responsible for creating jobs. Only then can these funds be utilized by the EB-5 company to acquire business assets or shares.  There is a need to link the invested funds to the job creation.

Strategic Planning for EB-5 Investors

This requirement underscores the importance of strategic financial planning and documentation in the EB-5 application process. Investors must ensure that their investment is structured in a way that not only complies with EB-5 regulations but also maximizes their potential for a successful application. This often involves intricate legal and financial maneuvering to prove that the funds are indeed contributing to job creation within the EB-5 company. For example, if you invest after jobs have been created, the jobs at the company would not count towards the 10 full-time jobs.


The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program offers a promising avenue for investors seeking to embark on their U.S. immigration journey. However, the path is laden with regulatory requirements that demand careful attention and strategic planning, especially when it comes to investments in existing businesses. Understanding the nuances of how your investment can be used to purchase shares or assets while still meeting the EB-5 criteria is crucial.

Navigating the EB-5 landscape can be complex, but with the right guidance, your investment can pave the way to a successful immigration outcome.

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