What We Offer
Utah Global Investments offers the following benefits and services to our EB-5 investors and developer partners through the Regional Center Pilot Program.
EB-5 designation throughout the entire State of Utah
Immigration Law Experience
International business experience
100% Securities law compliance commitment
Matter of Ho compliant EB-5 projects
Competitive interest rates that benenfit EB-5 investors and developers
Creative financing options for developers
Utah’s thriving economy
Free immigration consultation through our law firm partner
Online portal to view the status of your investment
SSL encryption of all private information
Permanent Residency in the USA
How the EB-5 Process Works
Find out if you’re eligible for an EB-5 Visa.
Listen, watch, or read as Utah Global Investments’ founders, Aaron Stewart and Jacob Tingen, take turns answering important EB-5 questions.
Download a white paper on how the EB-5 process works and how you can successfully invest in the U.S. and get your green card.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s common to have questions when you are considering an international investment. Here we answer some of the most frequent questions we get from investors and developer partners.
What is the EB-5 program?
EB-5 stands for Employment-Based, 5th Preference. It’s a visa preference category listed on the Visa Bulletin, and one of a number of “employment-based” visa types offered by the U.S. government. In exchange for investing $500,000 to $1,000,000, and creating 10 jobs, foreign investors are granted permanent residency in the United States.
What is Utah Global Investments?
We are Utah Global Investments (UGI), and we are a USCIS Designated EB-5 Regional Center. UGI was launched by a tech entrepreneur with years of international business experience, and an experienced immigration and business attorney. We are one of a small number of authorized and active Regional Centers in the State of Utah.
I've read about fraud in the EB-5 industry. Is this something I need to be worried about?
In recent years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has becoming increasingly active in the EB-5 sector, due in part to fraudulent activities by some Regional Centers.
When we decided to apply for Regional Center designation, we chose to strive for the highest level of compliance and transparency. UGI is committed to giving its investors more transparency than any other Regional Center.
Each EB-5 investor must do their own due diligence when investing, but UGI makes a concerted effort to be up front with its investors and disclose as much as possible.
I am an EB-5 investor interested in working with UGI. How do I get started?
We’re glad you asked. Go ahead and call us at (801) 356-0407.
Additionally, we only work with foreign investors who are considered “accredited investors” under U.S. law. We’ve created a simple questionnaire that will determine your eligibility to invest with UGI.
You can fill it out here.
What is a Regional Center?
EB-5 investors have to meet a number of requirements to qualify for an EB-5 visa. Created in the 1990s, the Regional Center pilot program allows third-party businesses in the U.S. to pool EB-5 investor funds in larger projects, typically large real-estate projects.
There are significant advantages to investing through a Regional Center, including not having to deal with the hassle of starting or running a business in the U.S., and counting indirect job creation in your visa application.
You can read the information available on this website to learn even more about the benefits of investing through a Regional Center.
Do I have to invest $500,000 or $1,000,000?
EB-5 investors must create 10 jobs with their investment. If an investor chooses to fund a project or business in an area that is rural, or with comparatively high unemployment for their geographic region, then an investor may only need to invest $500,000. These rural regions, or regions with high unemployment, are known as Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs).
EB-5 investors must invest $1,000,000 in all other projects.
Due to recent legislative action, it is possible (and even likely) that the dollar amounts will change in the near future.
I am a developer interested in working with UGI. How do I get started?
Thanks for your interest in UGI. Please call us at (801) 356-0407. Aaron Stewart will be in touch.
Because of the high compliance standards we’ve set for ourselves, UGI only works with developer partners and other parties who share our commitment for transparency and compliance.
If this sounds like you, we look forward to working together with you.
What other costs are associated with the EB-5 investor visa?
In addition to your investment amount, Regional Centers charge administrative fees, typically ranging between $40,000 to $80,000. There are also a number of legal, accounting, and management fees that are likely to arise during your visa process.
EB-5 investors should always seek the help of experts when considering an investment and its associated costs.
EB-5 is a multidisciplinary industry, touching on immigration law, commercial real estate, business, accounting, economics, and more. UGI works closely with professional partners in all aspects of the EB-5 process.
Immigration Law: Tingen & Williams
Preferred Immigration Law Partner
Immigration lawyer Jacob Tingen is an owner of Utah Global Investments.
He also serves as the Managing Partner of a Virginia-based immigration law firm, Tingen & Williams.
Law & Compliance
Real Estate & Developers
Utah Global Investments
1675 North Freedom Blvd.
Provo, UT 84604
P: (801) 356-0407