A federal program designed for foreign investors.
Washington State welcomes foreign investment. One way you can invest in Washington is through the federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.
Washington State does not manage the program. Rather, EB-5 is a federal program administered by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Thirteen regional centers have been approved by USCIS to do business in Washington and these centers offer a variety of services geared specifically to the immigrant investor.
Benefits of the EB-5 program include the ability for you, your spouse and family members under 21 to work in the U.S. and attend school. You are free to travel to and from your home country with no restrictions.
The program allows you to invest in a Washington State business that creates or saves at least 10 full-time jobs for American workers. The basic investment must be $1 million, however, it can be reduced to $500,000 if the investment is made in a certified targeted unemployment area.
Qualified individuals can apply through a state regional center, which are private organizations that are not affiliated with the state of Washington or the Department of Commerce.
If you have questions about the EB-5 program you can obtain information from the USCIS’ EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program website.
If you have general questions about investment opportunities in Washington State, please contact the Washington State Department of Commerce Business Development team or call (206) 256-6100.
EB-5 is a federal program. As such, Washington State plays no role in vetting or administering projects that are managed by privately owned and operated regional centers in the state, nor do we control or monitor statements made by regional center operators when discussing their investments. As with any investment, performing due diligence is an essential part of the investment process and is the responsibility of the individual investors and their legal counsel.
Although bonds issued by Washington are backed by the full faith and credit of the state, Washington State does not guarantee, financially back or otherwise single out any investment made through the EB-5 program.
The Washington State Department of Commerce does not provide any assistance with EB-5 applications, processes or procedures. To facilitate your application, please contact an EB-5 program of your choice directly.