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Who is Ellis Island Capital?

Ellis Island Capital was founded by a group of former US Diplomats living abroad for the sole purpose of aiding immigrants in the pursuit of their dreams to reside in America and to attain permanent green cards through EB-5 investments. Jonathan Matzner is its CEO and you can find more about us at

Where is Ellis Island Capital located?

We have offices and representatives around the world. We service 64 countries but primarily focus in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa.

Will you be visiting my city?

We do from time to time travel to see specific clients but the reason we can offer significant service and returns on your investment is that we try to accomplish all our meetings by FaceTime or other online face-to-face software applications.

When do I (the investor) get my money back?

It depends on the project, and whether the investment is equity or debt. Many projects design their projects to return funds between 5 and 6 years (but be sure to read the details!). The precise timing will be determined by the particular project you choose to invest in. Some are shorter and some longer.

Does the US Government run this program?

The program is authorized by the US Congress and is run by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. The US Department of State is also involved in adjudicating applications.

What is the history of this program?

The United States Congress created The Immigrant Investor Program (more commonly known as EB-5) by the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT90). This act significantly restructured the U.S. immigration system.

Congress established the EB-5 program to stimulate the U.S. economy by giving foreign investors the opportunity to permanently live and work in the United States after they have invested in an American commercial enterprise.

Can anyone apply for this program?

Yes and no. Almost anyone can apply but they must meet certain requirements and has the $500,000 needed to invest along with a documented source of funds.

Is everyone approved?

The approval rate for this category is extremely high, particularly when compared to other categories of visa.

The precise number is based on a range of factors, but as long as you don’t lie to us, e.g. you got arrested in the US and don’t let us know, you should have zero concerns about not getting approved

Is the program always going to be the same?

There has been much written about the investment and the US Congress has been rumored to raise the minimum investment to anywhere from $750,000 to over a million dollars. The good thing about it is as long as you get your application filed before Congress acts, you will be fine.

For any additional questions, please click here and fill out our simple form or call us and we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

What are the basic requirements for an EB-5 Visa?

Any foreign applicant would be required to create a business or invest in an existing business that has been established or developed after November 19, 1990.

The investor is expected to invest the amount of $1,000,000 into an approved development project, or $500,000 if they choose to invest in areas designated as a USCIS regional center.

The project the investor chooses is required to create at least 10 permanent job openings for legal U.S. residents.

Why Select the EB-5 Investor Program?

For anyone wishing to move to the U.S. and become a permanent resident, the EB-5 program offers a list of vetted opportunities for foreign investors.

Investing in the EB-5 visa permits foreign investors, spouses, and children under the age of 21 to obtain their own conditional green card visas. This visa will allow these immediate family members to legally attend schools, work, or simply relax and enjoy a well deserve retirement if that is what they wish to do.

Other benefits of the EB-5 Program include:

  • An initial $500,000 Investment
  • Not required to buy, or manage an existing business
  • Relocate to anywhere in the U.S.
  • The sponsors of our investment opportunities are firmly established entities. Many of which are respected, successful community leaders.
  • Business operations and investment management are officiated by knowledgeable professionals.
  • Should your application be denied for any reason, the entirety of your investment will be refunded.

A deeper understanding of the benefits of the EB-5 Visa Program can be further explained by any one of our qualified immigration visa representatives. Contact us today to get started!

Do family members qualify for the EB-5 Visa Program?

Yes! However, some stipulations and guidelines must be adhered to.

An EB-5 investor’s spouse is allowed to accompany the applicant to the U.S. once they have received their Conditional Permanent Residence. The parties must have been married at the time the application was filed. “Common Law” marriages are not recognized.

Any children under the age of 21 are also welcome to join.

What is a Targeted Employment Area?

Any rurally located area that has an unemployment rate of around 150% of the national average is considered to be a Targeted Employment Area, or TEA. Some states select certain areas within their borders that qualify as TEAs. At least 3K of the 10K available visas are set aside for TEA investors.

Am I required to pay the entire amount of the investment at the same time I apply for the visa?

It is not necessary to remit full payment at the time of the application’s filing. However, the applicant must provide proof positive that they are in possession of said funds, and that they are available for transfer.

One will not be able to file for the EB-5 based on intent, or future plans to invest if there is are no funds to qualify for the program.

Can I travel freely in the U.S. after receiving my Conditional Permanent resident status?

Of course! Once you receive your visa you will be free to travel anywhere n the U.S. and be protected under the same rights as its permanent citizens. The only guideline is that you must have a residence within the American border and not have been outside the U.S. for a continuous time slot of one year, or more.

Ready to start the application process?