Indian nationals are being sold the prospect of a fast-track to U.S. citizenship through the scandal-plagued EB-5 visa just as the Trump Administration initiated an investigation into the H-1B foreign guest worker program.
Under the EB-5 visa, foreign nationals can claim that they will invest at least $500,000 and thus receive Green Cards for their family for at least two years, with pathways to citizenship available as well. The only requirement is that the EB-5 holder create 10 U.S. jobs. Currently, 10,000 foreign nationals and their families are allowed to enter the U.S. every year on the EB-5 visa.
When foreign nationals come to the U.S. on the EB-5 visa, it only takes them two years of being in the country before they and their families can apply for permanent legal residency. From there, they can later apply for U.S. citizenship.
Critics of the EB-5 visa, like Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) fellow David North, who has testified before Congress on the corruption involved in the EB-5 process, says the visa is a way for U.S. citizenship to essentially be sold.