The Global Business team at Moreno & Villarrubia LLP, led by Firm Partner, Marco A. Moreno, is highly experienced in representing foreign investors and entrepreneurs obtain investment visas to begin or join in an existing commercial enterprise.

Foreign Investments in the United States

Foreign investors may obtain a temporary visa or permanent resident status ("green card") under the now prominent EB-5 Investor Program.

The EB-5 program allows a foreign investor to obtain permanent resident status "green card" if their investment satisfies one of the governments minimum investment requirement of $900,000 to $1.8 millions, depending on geographic area of the enterprise, and at least 10 full-time jobs are created for qualifying U.S. workers.

The EB-5 Direct Investment Program

There are two EB-5 types created by Congress: (1) The EB-5 Direct Investment Program and (2) The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program. In general, the EB-5 Direct Investment Program allows the foreign investor to run his/her own business and obtain a green card if at least 10 direct jobs are created. This is ideal for the entrepreneur who wants to start and run his or her own business. Although not required, this investor may start it via joint venture or partnership if certain requirements are met.

The EB-5 Regional Center Program

The EB-5 Regional Center Program allows foreign investors who are not interested in running a business, but wo have the capital to invest in an already USCIS approved enterprise (I.e., a "Project Developer") whose projects will support the creation of at least 10 direct or indirect jobs to U.S. qualifying workers. Regional Centers are often-times government established project developers, seeking foreign investors to "stack" sources of funds for projects, such as hotels, resorts, retail buildings, and neighborhoods.

The EB-5 The Regional Center option is the most utilized program and many investors from various countries have already participated in the program creating a "waiting line" due to the volume of participants already benefiting from the advantageous of the program.

While all countries may, in general, use the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the legal team at Moreno & Villarrubia LLP opted to utilize the special skills of its legal professionals by focusing on investments from Brazil, Iran, China, and Mexico. Our legal team understands the culture, currency exchange and taxation complexities, and speak the native tongue of these foreign regions. This is critical in ensuring that its clients understand the steps and complexities associated with the EB-5 programs.

Global Business Legal Team:

  • Marco Moreno Marco Moreno
    Attorney, Partner
    Chair, Global Development for EB-5 Program, Worldwide
  • Ingrid Aviléz Ingrid Avilez
    Global Development Liaison for EB-5 Program, Mexico
  • Karla Bledsoe Karla Bledsoe
    Legal Assistant
    Global Liaison for EB-5 Team
    Director of Global Development for EB-5 Program, Brazil
  • Saman Sardari Saman Sardari
    Global Development Consultant for EB-5 Program, Iran
  • Belinda Lau Belinda Lau
    Global Development Liaison for EB-5 Program, China
  • Nadia Dadgarian Nadia Dadgarian
    Global Development Consultant for EB-5 Program, Iran