Investing in Commercial Real Estate via the EB-5 Program:
An Introduction

The EB-5 visa program is a unique pathway that allows foreign investors to gain permanent residency in the United States. This program, established by the U.S. Congress in 1990, is designed to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of investing in commercial real estate through the EB-5 program.


Understanding the EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program requires an investor to make a substantial capital investment in a new commercial enterprise in the United States. The minimum investment amount is either $800,000 in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) or $1,050,000 in a non-TEA.  TEA designation is assigned to rural areas or areas with high unemployment.

The investment must also lead to the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years of the investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.


Commercial Real Estate Investment and the EB-5 Program

Investing in real estate can be a viable way to meet the requirements of the EB-5 program. However, it’s important to note that simply buying property in the U.S. does not qualify for the EB-5 program. The investment must be made in a new commercial enterprise, which can include a real estate development project.

For instance, an investor would invest in a new residential or commercial development project. The investor would need to ensure that the project creates at least 10 full-time jobs, which could include construction workers for the development phase and then staff for the ongoing operation of the completed project.



The Benefits of Real Estate Investment via the EB-5 Program

Investing in real estate through the EB-5 program offers several benefits. Firstly, it provides a pathway to U.S. permanent residency for the investor, their spouse, and their unmarried children under the age of 21.


Secondly, the United States is known for its stable and transparent real estate market, making it an attractive investment destination. Real estate investments can offer steady returns through rental income and potential appreciation in property value.

Lastly, investing in real estate development projects can contribute positively to local communities by creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.



Investing in real estate through the EB-5 program can be a rewarding venture, offering both financial returns and a pathway to U.S. residency. However, it’s a complex process that requires careful planning and adherence to the program’s requirements.

Local sponsors play a crucial role in identifying and executing projects that bring about positive economic and community impacts. By leveraging their knowledge of the local landscape, these sponsors can identify opportunities that align with the needs and aspirations of their communities. One significant aspect of their role is to secure the necessary capital for these projects. This is where avenues like EB-5 become important. EB-5 provides an opportunity for local sponsors to tap into international sources of investment, enabling them to attract funds that might otherwise be challenging to obtain locally. By harnessing the power of EB-5 and successfully sourcing capital, these sponsors can bring their visionary projects to life, stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and fostering community development in the process.

MarketSpace Capital, a real estate developer based in Houston, Texas, is well-equipped to sponsor EB-5 projects due to its extensive experience and expertise in the field of commercial real estate. With a focus on acquisitions and ground-up developments of commercial real estate properties throughout the United States, the firm has a proven track record of maximizing value creation through a comprehensive and programmatic investment philosophy.  Contact MarketSpace Capital today for more information on EB-5 investment opportunities.

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