Entering the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has never been easier or more secure. Step Global’s Dubai-based specialists will walk you through the visa process from application of your initial green card (I-526 application) to removal of conditions (I-829 application).

EB 5 Program – Benefits

For those wanting to become permanent residents of the USA and who may even want eventual citizenship, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program offers a route through investment for you, your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21.

EB 5 Visa – Requirements & Costs

The requirements for the program are that you make an investment of $800,000 USD into an approved EB-5 project within the United States. Step Global has exclusive projects in a variety of categories including infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, residential, agriculture, and more. Some of these projects will qualify for priority processing under the new regulations as of March 2022.

EB 5 Processing Time

Please note that visa processing time may vary but typically initial applications are approved within 60 days and can take up to six months to process. See below for the full EB-5 process and contact us today for details on costs with a free consultation with our lawyers and specialists.

Investment AmountUSD $800,000 (can be paid in parts)
Investment TypeUS EB-5 Approved Project
ChildrenYes (Under 21 years of age at time application is submitted)
ParentsNo, but can be sponsored after Citizenship
Processing Time24 to 36 months (average)

12 months (Expedite Projects)
Physical Residency RequirementsLand once every 6 months to maintain residency.
Live 2.5 out of 5 years for Citizenship
Length Of Status ReceivedNon-expiring green card/permanent residency
Permanent ResidencyImmediately
CitizenshipAfter 5 years of Permanent Residency
Specific Program RequirementsMust show the legal source of funds
Nationality DisqualificationsNo
Dual CitizenshipYes
Your Journey

EB-5 Visa Process

EB-5 Visa Dubai USA Process
There are three main steps in the EB-5 visa program process that an immigrant investor should be prepared to complete to become a U.S. permanent resident, along with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
  • Complete investor questionnaire
  • Evaluate project documents
  • Compile source of funds documentation with an attorney
  • Complete subscription documents
  • Transfer funds to the project escrow account
  • Attorney files 1-526 Petition with USCIS
  • Receive 1-526 Petition approval
  • Attend interview at U.S. Consulate
  • Immigrate to the U.S. and receive
  • two-year conditional green card
  • Reside in the U.S. as a temporary resident for two years
  • Attorney files 1-829 Petition with USCIS to remove conditional resident status
  • Receive 1-829 Petition approval & permanent green card
  • Investors return, determined and distributed pursuant to the Limited Partnership Agreement

How Much Does an EB-5 Visa Cost for Investors based in the UAE?

Basic costs for EB-5 investors based in the UAE are the same for those in other countries and are as follows:

  • EB-5 investment
  • $800,000 (2,938,432 AED) for a Targeted Employment Area 
  • $1,050,000 (3,856,602 AED) for a non-Targeted Employment Area
  • Form I-526 Government Fee 
    • $3,675 (13,498.42 AED)
  • Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status Form I-485
    • $1,140 (4,187.27 AED)
  • Form I-829 Government Fee
    •  $3,750 (13,773.90 AED)

Please contact Step Global directly to find out about project sponsorship fees and legal fees.

What is the Priority Date for EB-5 Visa for UAE Investors?

Priority dates for visa processing are based on the birth place of the applicant. 

The EB-5 Visa for UAE investors (those born in the UAE) is on “current” status as per the October 2022 visa bulletin released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). “Current” status means that there is no backlog (retrogression) of EB-5 Visa for UAE investors born in the UAE.

What is the Best EB-5 Visa Project to Invest in for UAE Investors?

Projects should be studied on a case-by-case basis to understand how secure the investment funds will be for all investors including UAE Investors. Things to consider when looking at projects include: background and history of the Company or Regional Center where you will be investing.

What is a Targeted Employment Area?

A targeted employment area (TEA) is a region in the United States defined as meeting 150% of the national unemployment rate at any given time. In these areas  the minimum EB-5 investment required is $800,000 (2,938,432 AED) for investors to qualify for the EB-5 Visa.

Is the US a Good Foreign Market to Invest in for UAE Citizens?

Yes, the United States is among the top investment destinations for UAE investors. 

The foreign direct investment (FDI) from the UAE to the U.S. was $45 billion in 2020.

Can EB-5 Visa Attorney Speed Up the Process of EB-5 Visa?

Although an EB-5 attorney will have no control over government processing times, delays from processing errors and incomplete documentation can be prevented by working with an experienced EB5 Visa Attorney.

Is Obtaining an EB-5 Easy for UAE Investors?

The EB-5 Program is currently the fastest and easiest way for UAE investors to obtain a green card and access to the United States.

Can a UAE Investor Borrow Money for EB-5 Visa?

Yes, UAE investors can use loans for their EB-5 Visa application. At the moment, USCIS is accepting both secured and unsecured loans. These include things like personal loans, loans from family, or mortgage loans. Check our page on Loan for EB5 Visa for more information.

Is there any other way UAE Investors can Invest in the USA for Immigration?

The EB-5 Visa and the E-2 Visa are the two investment immigration visas available in the United States. 

The E-2 Investor Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows nationals of treaty countries to invest in a US business. A treaty country maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the US. Determination of eligibility based on treaty country goes by nationality or passport rather than place of birth. UAE does not have an existing treaty with the United States meaning those holding a UAE passport cannot apply for the E-2 Program. Therefore, UAE investors can apply for the E-2 Visa by obtaining a passport from a treaty country of the US. Treaty countries include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Turkey, and Grenada. 

The E-2 Visa does not have a direct path to a green card, unlike the EB-5 Visa. A substantial investment of at least $150,000 (550,956 AED) is required for an E-2 Visa investment. There is no requirement for minimum job creation for the E-2 Visa.

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