The Employment-Based Fifth Preference Visa, or EB-5, as it is popularly referred to, is issued by US Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS).
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The USA EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Comes With Two Investment Options:
1. Creation of a new U.S. enterprise, which meets the following criteria
An investment of US $1 million in a new commercial enterprise or an investment of US $500,000 in an enterprise in a targeted commercial area, including rural areas or areas with unemployment of at least 150% that of the national average.
Provision of full-time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers who must be direct employees of the commercial enterprise.
Active management of the day-to-day activities and/or policy formulation of the enterprise.
2. Investment in a Regional Center
Which is basically an investment opportunity pre-approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. To be eligible for this investment option, applicants must invest US $500,000 and create full-time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers, where indirect employment is permitted. Unlike option 1 above, active management of this enterprise is not required.
Basic Steps In The Application Process
File Form I-526, Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
Upon approval of Form I-526 petition, either file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with USCIS to adjust status to a conditional permanent resident within the United States, OR file DS-230 or DS-260, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, with the U.S. Department of State to obtain an EB-5 visa for admission to the United States.
Upon the approval of the I-485 application or upon entry into the United States with an EB-5 immigrant visa, the EB-5 investor and family members will be granted conditional permanent residence for a two-year period.
To qualify for the Portuguese residency, the applicant must either:
1) Make an investment of €500,000 in real estate in Portugal:
2) Since 2015, there is a new option for Property Acquisition:
The purchase of a property constructed over 30 years ago, or located in an area of urban regeneration, with the intent of refurbishing it, for a minimum of EUR 350,000.
The EUR 350,000 threshold includes not only the property’s price, but also the investment in the refurbishment works.
Applicants can apply for permanent residency after 5 years, and Portuguese citizenship after 6 years. There is no residency requirement during this period. For citizenship, one must pass a basic Portuguese language test.
Once the applicants have obtained their permanent residency or citizenship, they are then free to sell their investment.
Qualifying family members include spouses and all children under the age of 18. Children aged 18 and over qualify if they are financially dependent on the main applicant. Dependent parents may also qualify, depending on the circumstances.
Investors will only be taxed on their worldwide income if they are resident in Portugal for over 183 days during any calendar year. However, Portugal has a very favourable tax regime for anyone who is considering living in the country. No taxes are charged your on overseas income for the first 10 years. For non-resident individuals, tax is charged at 28% on income generated in the country. This can be reduced with expenses for rental income. Capital gains tax is charged at 28%, and there are allowances for costs and depreciation. There is no inheritance tax in Portugal. Annual property taxes (IMI) can vary between 0.3% and 0.8% of the property valuation, but there are a range of exemptions.
The standard rate of corporate tax is levied at 25%, and the standard rate of VAT currently being applied is 23%.
Other requirements: Applicants deciding to live full time in Portugal will require Medical insurance. However, families will have access to all public services, including state medical care and schooling.
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