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2nd December 2010

EB-5 Visas from Singapore

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Those who read this blog regularly will likely be aware that the administration of this blog routinely posts about issues related to the Immigrant Investor Visa colloquially referred to as the EB5 Visa. Recently, this author discovered an interesting piece on the internet which was written about the United States dollar versus the Singapore Dollar. to quote directly from the TheMalaysianInsider.com:

the Singapore dollar is forecast to strengthen to 1.356 against the US dollar by the end of the year, a central bank survey showed…The currency forecast translates into an appreciation of 3.35 per cent from 1.403 to the US dollar at the end of 2009.

Under certain circumstances, a strengthening local currency can be problematic as exporters generally wish to see a strong US dollar when trading with the US. However, those wishing to invest money into an enterprise in the United States of America may find that a strengthened local currency is a benefit. In the case of the EB-5 visa this is certainly the case as those who hold assets in strong foreign currency may find that the real cost of investing in the USA is cheaper compared to costs in the past due to a comparatively weak American dollar.

The EB-5 visa program requires the prospective immigrant investor to make a substantial investment in the USA. Prospective Immigrant Investors should be prepared to invest a minimum of $500,000 into an eligible investment program in the USA. Should an immigrant investor make the required investment, adhere to relevent regulations, and meet other eligibility criteria, then an EB-5 visa may be issued. Once in the USA, the EB-5 visa holder may one day be eligible to apply for naturalization to United States Citizenship. United States Citizenship is a highly sought after benefit as there are many privileges and rights which attach to an individual who has become an American Citizen.

It should be noted that there are a limited number of EB-5 visas available each year. To quote directly from the Beacon, the official web log of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS):

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by immigrant investors by creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. There are 10,000 EB-5 immigrant visas available annually. In 1992 and regularly reauthorized since then, 3,000 EB-5 visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

In many ways, the EB-5 visa program is a “win-win” situation as the alien is granted Lawful Permanent Residence (Green Card status) and the United States economy receives the benefit of foreign investment as well as the addition of an enthusiastic immigrant who is eager to contribute to America’s economic future.

For more information please see: EB-5 Visa Singapore.

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