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Timeline for Hiring Workers Under the EB-5 Visa Program

By May 21, 2024May 22nd, 2024EB-5 Visa
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The EB-5 visa program is a popular pathway for investors seeking U.S. residency by creating American jobs and injecting capital into the U.S. economy. One of the key requirements for maintaining compliance with the EB-5 program is the hiring of full-time workers. Understanding the timeline for this requirement is crucial for all EB-5 investors.

Hiring Requirements Specified in EB-5 Regulations

The EB-5 visa mandates that investors create at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers. These positions must be filled within a specific timeframe to comply with the regulations and ensure the success of the visa petition.

Critical Timelines for Employment Creation

  1. Post-Approval of the I-526 Petition The clock starts ticking following the approval of the I-526 petition, the initial application filed by prospective EB-5 investors. According to the regulations, the required 10 full-time jobs must be created within two years after the approval of this petition. However, investors are usually given a little extra time—up to two and a half years—to meet this requirement, providing some flexibility.
  2. Current Processing Times With current processing times for I-526 petitions averaging around five years, investors often end up with approximately seven years from filing the petition to fulfill the job creation requirement. This extended period can be beneficial, allowing investors more time to establish their businesses and achieve compliance.  Even if USCIS takes a long time to adjudicate the petition, the investor gets 2 years after the I-526 approval to create the jobs.

Potential Changes in Processing Times

It’s important for investors to stay informed about potential changes in the processing times for I-526 petitions. A reduction in processing times would decrease the overall period available to meet the job creation requirement, impacting planning and operations for EB-5 businesses.

Strategies for Compliance

To ensure compliance with EB-5 requirements, investors should:

  • Regularly monitor the status of their I-526 petition and adjust their business plans accordingly.
  • Develop a clear job creation plan that aligns with the expected timeline for petition approval and visa processing.
  • Consider consulting with an immigration attorney to navigate the complexities of the EB-5 program and ensure all requirements are met efficiently.

Meeting the EB-5 visa’s employment creation requirement is a crucial element of your investment journey. For tailored advice on structuring your business to comply with immigration regulations, explore our resources or schedule a consultation with our experts.

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