Usually not. Many investors consider it, but few select it in the end due to the following drawbacks, among man:
- You will have to run the business yourself, or hire a manager to run it for you.
- You will probably have to reside near the business location
- Direct investment EB-5 businesses can not count indirect jobs (which constitute the bulk of jobs created in the regional center context). So, you must create 10 actual jobs, with W-2s and payroll records. It’s hard to find a business that creates 10 direct jobs from a $10,000 investment.
- You may have to keep workers on the payroll whom you don’t need (e.g., in a recession or business slowdown) to preserve your green card chances.