Investment Center able to establish EB-5 Visas throughout Michigan



The International Michigan Investments Regional Center (IMI Regional Center - had been previously designated in June 2009 as an official EB-5 Regional Center by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Emmett County, Michigan.

Therefore, originally any new business financed by foreign investors had to be located only in Emmett County to qualify under the EB-5 program. IMI Regional Center, headed by attorney Gary McRay is now authorized to establish EB-5 immigration Visas throughout the entire state of Michigan.

McRay, a shareholder of the law firm Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith PC, concludes that the expansion to the entire state of Michigan will provide many investment opportunities for foreign capital and will boost the economy. “I am thrilled to have this ability to attract and promote foreign investment in order to create local jobs through this EB-5 Center expansion. Increased capital will benefit the economy of Michigan, as a whole,” said McRay.

EB-5 Visas were created by the United States Department of Homeland Security, in 1990, to “stimulate the US economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.”
To be granted an EB-5 immigration Visa, a foreign individual must invest $500,000 in a commercial enterprise, located within the authorized Regional Center. The foreign investment must “create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs within two years of the immigrant investor's admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.” The IMI Regional Center is allowed by USCIS to focus on new commercial business in five targeted clusters: (1) real estate development, (2) agri-food (food processing), (3) alternative energy, (4) tourism, and (5) light manufacturing/industrial.

As Michigan economy rebounds, IMI Regional Center and Attorney McRay believe that foreign capital will play a major role in financing new businesses to create future Michigan jobs.