O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses,
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
About the EB-5 Visa Classification
USCIS administers the EB-5 program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a program initially enacted as a pilot in 1992, and regularly reauthorized since then, investors may also qualify for EB-5 classification by investing through regional centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. On March 23, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-141 extending the Regional Center Program through Sep. 30, 2018.
USCIS policy on EB-5 adjudications is contained in Volume 6, Part G of the USCIS Policy Manual.
All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise, which is a commercial enterprise:
- Established after Nov. 29, 1990, or
- Established on or before Nov. 29, 1990, that is:
1. Purchased and the existing business is restructured or reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results, or
2. Expanded through the investment so that at least a 40-percent increase in the net worth or number of employees occurs
Commercial enterprise means any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to:
- A sole proprietorship
- Partnership (whether limited or general)
- Holding company
- Joint venture
- Business trust, or
- Other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.