EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1 | Page 26

Continued from page 25 Optimism and Faith in the American Way of Life All in all, the biggest common factor between these investors is their outlook on American life and their faith in the opportunities available in the United States. The fact that these people place so much value on beginning their new lives and becoming new citizens in a foreign country speaks volumes. In each case, they received their I-829 approvals and the EB-5 process was successful. These immigrants have a very positive attitude towards living in America and want to take part in it as best they can. For many, life in the United States is synonymous with providing themselves with a promising future for their careers and their families. Welcoming these investors into the country also creates promise for the U.S. economy as a whole and a new family entering the country stimulates local economy as well. It is for this very reason that immigration lawyer Martin Lawler, of Lawler & Lawler in San Francisco, believes the EB5 Program is a good one. In his experience, when immigrant investors receive their I-829 approval and continue their lives here, they continue to inject money into our economy, beyond the half a million dollars they invested to obtain their visas: “I have one I-829 case with a software businessman with six offices across the country. The first thing investors do is buy a house [usually a high-end home], they buy cars, they send their children to private schools and they start another business.” Anthony: “America still celebrates success and I like that approach. You are encouraged to do well, to push yourself to the best of your ability, to excel at sport and at business; people are not ashamed of that success. People celebrate success and they are happy for you when you are successful.” Conclusions Through these interviews we have received an in-depth look at the EB-5 Program from the perspective of the foreign investor. Overall, the program is a great opportunity for immigrants looking for options to gain a green card and permanent residence. While there are challenges and hurdles to overcome, the EB-5 Program continues to grow as more and more investors show interest. We hope that they glean insight from investors like Anthony, Shelley and Steven who have undergone the process first-hand. Regardless, many investors understand that the $500,000 is not just a business investment. Anthony believes that, “at the end of the day, I think most people recognize when they get involved with an EB-5 project that what you are doing is investing in your future; you are investing in the future of your family.” 26 E B 5 I n v e s to r s M ag a z i n e