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The EB-5 visa provides foreign nationals an opportunity to obtain a U.S. green card in return for making a job-creating investment within the United States.

The EB-5 visa program offers several advantages, including:

  • Green cards for you, your spouse and any children under 21 with a single visa application.
  • The freedom to live, work, and retire anywhere in the U.S., regardless of the location of your EB-5 investment.
  • An opportunity to diversify your investment portfolio in the United States.
  • Access to a U.S. college education at the same cost that in-state residents pay.
  • The choice to become a U.S. citizen approximately 5 years after receiving a conditional green card.

Unlike other United States visa programs, there is:

  • No requirement to manage daily business operations or employees.
  • No travel restriction in and out of your home country.
  • No sponsor requirement.
  • No extraordinary ability or education requirement.


American Life, Inc. partners with you to ensure that you understand the EB-5 immigrant visa program’s benefits, requirements, and processes. You can trust us to:

  • Discuss investment opportunities and provide detailed answers in understandable terms.
  • Support and guide you through the investment and green card process.
  • Recommend experienced immigration attorneys who specialize in EB-5 investor visas.
  • Coordinate the immigration process to maximize your chances of receiving EB-5 visa approval.
  • Diligently manage your investment so that it delivers income and long-term growth.

To learn more about the EB-5 visa program, please read the EB-5 visa background section.

Related Info

Official USCIS Web Link Review EB-5 immigrant investor visa eligibility

List of Regional Centers Approved U.S. regional centers


EB-5 visas offer immigrant investors the most flexible path to permanent lawful U.S. residence and, ultimately, citizenship. EB-5 investor green card eligibility requires investing the required capital and proving a legal source of funds. If the investment is in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), an area with an unemployment rate of 1.5 times the national average, or a rural area, the required investment amount is $500,000. Otherwise, the required investment amount is $1,000,000. There are no restrictions regarding age, education, business experience, or language. EB-5 investors may live and work anywhere in the United States, regardless of the location of the investment.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Employment Based 5th Preference Program (EB-5 investment visas). This visa program was first created by the U.S. government in 1990, under section 203(b) (5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1153(b) (5), to encourage economic development projects and job creation. The 1990 law required each investor to create 10 direct and/or indirect jobs. On October 6, 1992, the U.S. government created the Regional Center Program under Section 610 of Public Law 102-395 to further promote immigration and investment through the EB-5 visa category by creating regional centers. Currently the Regional Center Program has been extended through September 30th, 2016.


A regional center is a geographic area designated by USCIS as eligible to receive capital from immigrant investors. A major advantage of the regional center program is to allow investors to rely on indirect job creation (i.e., using an approved economic forecasting model) rather than direct employment (i.e., hiring full-time employees).

To obtain regional center designation, promoters must submit a proposal to USCIS detailing how the investment program will achieve economic growth, business objectives, job creation and capital commitment. A regional center may focus on one investment or develop a variety of unrelated investments within its geographical boundary. American Life successfully manages 8 federally approved Regional Centers across the United States.

EB-5 investors receive a “conditional” or temporary green card valid for two years from the date of their first entry into the U.S. as a permanent resident. Simply put, as long as the regional center substantially complies with its business plan and fulfills job creation requirements, the investor will receive an “unconditional” or permanent green card. The entire process to obtain a permanent green card typically takes 3-5 years depending on USCIS processing times and the quality of the applicant’s documentation.

It is important to invest with the right EB-5 regional center. Feel free to ask us about our track record in delivering both permanent green cards and return on investments to investors. Click here for more detail regarding the EB-5 visa process.


The EB-5 visa category is available to immigrants seeking to enter the United States in order to invest at least $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a Targeted Employment Area that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. Initially, there were two options for investing within the EB-5 category: creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. Then, in 1992, Congress introduced the Regional Center program, which is how over 90% of EB-5 investment is made today. Below is a summary of the requirements for each alternative. All American Life EB-5 investment is made through the Regional Center program.


To qualify you must:

  • Invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000. If your investment is in a designated Targeted Employment Area (discussed further below), then the minimum investment requirement is $500,000.
  • Benefit the U.S. economy by providing goods or services to U.S. markets.
  • Create full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers. This includes U.S. citizens, Green Card holders (lawful permanent residents) and other individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. However it does not include you (the immigrant), or your spouse, sons or daughters.
  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the new business or directly manage it through formulating business policy - for example as a corporate officer or board member.

Targeted Employment Area is defined by law as "a rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average." For further detail click on the Laws section of this website and access section 203(b)(5)(B) of the Immigration Nationality Act (INA).


To qualify you must:

  • Invest in a business that has existed for at least two years.
  • Invest in a business that has incurred a net loss, based on generally accepted accounting principles, for the 12 to 24 month period before you filed the Form I-526 Immigrant Petition by an Alien Entrepreneur
  • The loss for the 12 to 24 month period must be at least equal to 20 percent of the business's net worth before the loss.
  • Maintain the number of jobs at no less than the pre-investment level for a period of at least two years.
  • Be involved in the day-to-day management of the troubled business or directly manage it through formulating business policy. For example as a corporate officer or board member.
  • The same investment requirements of the new commercial enterprise investment apply to a troubled business investment ($1,000,000 or $500,000 in a targeted employment area).


To qualify you must:

  • Invest at least $1,000,000 or $500,000 in a regional center affiliated with a new commercial enterprise or a troubled business located within the area of the USCIS designated Regional Center. Regional Centers are defined and discussed further below.
  • Create at least 10 new full-time jobs per investor, either directly or indirectly, through the capital investment.

A Regional Center is defined as any economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment. The organizers of a regional center seeking the regional center designation from USCIS must submit a proposal showing:

  • How the regional center plans to focus on a geographical region within the U.S., and how the regional center will achieve the required economic growth within this designated area.
  • That the regional center's business plan can be relied upon as a viable business model grounded in reasonable and credible estimates and assumptions for market conditions, project costs, and activity timelines.
  • How in verifiable detail (using economic models in some instances) jobs will be created directly or indirectly through capital investments made in accordance with the regional center's business plan.
  • The amount and source of capital committed to the project and the promotional efforts made and planned for the business project.

A complete list of currently designated Regional Centers can be found on the USCIS website.

Please note, investment funds may come from any legal foreign or U.S. source including gifts, loans and divorce settlements. Immigrant investors must demonstrate a pattern of legal business activity, typically by providing tax returns, savings, investment and business records revealing a lawful source of funds.

Borrowed investment funds can qualify as long as they are secured by the borrower's assets.

We understand that each investor's personal financial and immigration situation is unique. Therefore, we advise prospective investors to seek independent professional advice regarding your EB-5 investment and visa petitions.

See the EB-5 Visa Process for obtaining your green card with American Life.



The EB-5 visa process can be complex, confusing, and time consuming. For these reasons, investors seeking an EB-5 immigrant visa prefer using a reputable, federally approved regional center, such as American Life. Our goal is to both help you efficiently obtain your green card and to generate a high return on your capital investment. Read some of our clients’ testimonials here.

To date, we have delivered approximately 825 U.S. permanent green cards (via I-829 approvals) and over 1,500 U.S. conditional green cards (via I-526 approvals) to our immigrant investors. To review the investment-offering documents and to start filing the EB-5 visa petition with the USCIS, please follow the following step-by-step process:


Prospective domestic and EB-5 investors who wish to review American Life's investment offering materials must first register by contacting us and qualifying as an “accredited investor” (discussed in further detail below).

We will review your accredited investor questionnaire and then, assuming you qualify, we will send you our current project offering documents for your review.

“Accredited investor” is defined by the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and various state security laws that delineate the permissions of individuals to invest in certain type of investments. To qualify to invest with American Life, a person must have an individual net worth, or joint net worth with a spouse, that exceeds $1 million or have an income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level for the current year.


If you decide to invest with American Life, Inc., the next step is to fill out the subscription agreement (included at the end of the prospectus) and fund your investment. Total funds must be sent to the partnership account per the instructions in the subscription agreement.

Upon receipt of funds, we will also sign the subscription agreement and return it to you. The signed subscription agreement provides the evidence of your investment and your receipt. For immigrant investors, American Life will then submit the investment documents to your immigration attorney to file your I-526 Petition—the initial step of your U.S. green card application.

The I-526 petition is adjudicated by USCIS. The approval process typically takes 6 to 13 months and will vary depending on the individual. Upon approval, overseas investors must interview at their local U.S. consulate or embassy. Alternatively, immigrant investors in the U.S. may file an I-485 petition to adjust their status to lawful residency.

Upon receiving the conditional visa, typically the principal applicant and any eligible family member(s) must enter the U.S. within 180 days. The two-year conditional period starts the day the applicant enters the U.S.


The final step of the immigration process is the filing of the I-829 petition to remove conditions and receive unconditional green card status. The I-829 must be filed between 21 and 24 months after U.S. entry. Upon approval, the immigrant investor will be issued a permanent green card.

See the EB-5 Requirements and EB5 Visa Background for a better understanding of the steps involved in obtaining your EB-5 investor green card. Please also take a look at our frequently asked questions regarding EB-5 immigration and EB-5 investments.


Dear Hal,

Thank you for your call earlier today regarding 901 West Olympic .

As I told you earlier my wife and I were delighted to finally receive our Permanent Green Cards yesterday. It has been a long process but we are pleased that we had American Life by our side throughout.

The Investment has been producing very good distributions for the last 2 years and hopefully this will continue in the future. I recently visited the property in Downtown LA. I was delighted to see how vibrant the area had become and in particular how well run the Hotel  seemed to be. Everything about the Hotel looked top quality, the staff were top class and it has clearly added a lot to the rapidly growing area.

Please keep me posted on any updates regarding the investment whenever you get time.

Many thanks



Dear Hal,

As you know, we have held our investment in American Life since 2003. We were one of the first “to take the plunge”  and invest in the Owl Transfer building with a view to permanent residency in America. We were very nervous at the outset because we had heard of so many people who had invested in other opportunities which had turned out badly. However, we did our research, met with Henry Liebman and decided to take the risk.

Having just received a substantial profit on our original investment with the sale of the building we invested in, we couldn’t be happier! Not only did we receive our share of the rental income from our building for 13 years, but our capital also increased! There have been ups and downs with the income through the years, some were better than others and we had to weather the recession. But, today with our American Citizenship achieved in 2010, the additional funds in our pocket, and our lovely home in sunny Florida, we count ourselves extremely fortunate that we overcame our initial reservations and put our faith in American Life.  

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Henry, yourself and all at American Life who managed the investment in our best interests and who made it possible for us to make our home in the USA.

We would be happy for you to share the content of this email with any others that may be considering future investment in American Life.

Thank you again.

All the very best,
Fran and David Hodgkinson
July 22nd, 2016


I'd like to share my EB-5 experience.

I'm glad I invested into the 901 West Olympic Blvd LP because current performance has shown promising prospect of the business. I chose 901 over other projects because of its straight-forwardness. After spending months trying to decipher the complexity of other EB-5 projects, I found myself still feeling insecure and skeptical about their mechanisms. Thus, when I got in touch with 901, I was thrilled to see how easy the project works.

Then, I started to research about American Life Inc. Reputation. Check! Experience. Check! I felt positive about their business acumen. Moreover, the CEO of American Life, Henry, is a lawyer who's familiar with Immigration Law. This gave me extra confidence of investing into 901.

American Life provides great investor services. I have updated information about the business all the time. I met Annie Zhou at the grand opening of the hotel. She's very responsive to any question I have. As a Seattle local, Annie also provided me useful information about the city when I first moved here. This was surely not a part of her job, but it demonstrated how the team of American Life works with investors.

Best regards,
Jin Xin
February 19, 2015


We have held our investment since 2003 and were hoping to liquidate it in the not too distant future so this is perfect timing for us. We are of course delighted that our original investment is to be returned plus some additional growth. We feel very fortunate to have been in partnership with American Life when so many other aspiring Visa and Green Card applicants have entered into less successful arrangements. With the help of American Life, we have been able to become American Citizens as well as see a return on our investment.

Fran & David H.
November 7th, 2014



My artwork is the result of a happy life
I could never say enough about what makes Hawaii such an attractive place to live, but I guess that the first thing that comes to mind is its wonderful climate. I have traveled to more than 60 different countries so far, but none of them can compare to Hawaii in terms of their weather. Hawaii is warm throughout the year, and its sea breeze always feels great. Oahu, where I live, is not only full of nature and resorts, while still offering all the benefits and functions of any other urban area, so life is very convenient here. Also, since many of my friends and family visit often, I do not really feel lonely, even though I am living abroad. When I decided to live in Hawaii, I got a student visa, but this type of visa is rather limited and does not allow for much freedom. Every time I had to renew my visa, I consulted immigrations lawyer in Hawaii, but their response was that, in order to obtain a L-visa or E-visa, I would have to spend time doing business, and not only the economic risk was too big, also doing so would defeat the purpose of my original objective, which was to enjoy a “relaxing life after my retirement.”

It was then that one of my classmates told me about a law office specialized in immigration laws in Japan. I immediately contacted them and asked about the EB-5 visa for American Life.

I decided to join this program because it was a direct step to obtain a green card without going through the steps of other business visas. Also, I could leave the management of the investment project to American Life and, while living a life of complete freedom, I would still have income every month. The fact that many other people had obtained a green card through American Life showed that the program was really working and there was nothing to worry about.

I have not experienced any inconvenience while living in Hawaii, but I did feel the gap with the Japanese culture, history and education. This stressed me a little in the beginning, but I have gotten used to it now.

I have always practiced ocean sports since I was a child, and living in Hawaii allows me to enjoy surfing and fishing to my heart’s content. Going to other islands from Honolulu is rather easy, so there is also the option of going diving or trawling whenever I want. Another of my hobbies is performing rock drums. I have a drum set placed in the cabin of my cruiser, right in front of my condominium, and I enjoy playing sessions with my band peers there.

After going surfing, drinking a cold glass of my favorite white wine while surrendering myself to the view of the sun setting on the horizon and the changing colors of the sky and the clouds makes me feel like I could not be happier.

I am grateful for having had the chance to meet this law office and to American Life since they helped me get the EB-5 visa. I also look forward to the capital gain on my investment in the near future.

September 25th, 2013


On May 30th 2013 after nearly five years we received “Notice of Removal of the Conditional Basis of Lawful Permanent Residency”. We are now lawful permanent residents of the US! We invested in American Life’s 1501 First Avenue South project back in August 2008 after researching the various EB5 projects that were available at that time.

We chose to go with Henry Liebman and American Life liking their integrity and professionalism. Both the Lincoln Stone attorneys and the American Life team (in the UK and the US) have always been there to answer our questions and give us reassurance and support along the way.

We are now building a new life in Sheridan, Wyoming and have not a single regret.

Liz and Steve H.
July 1st, 2013


To Whom It May Concern,

Our family is living in Florida on permanent green cards successfully obtained via the EB-5 visa option and we are very much enjoying life here in the US. Our wish to live the American dream has come true.

Our family knew after a super holiday to Florida in March 2008 that this is where we wanted to live. We were fed up with the weather in the UK and loved the American way of life. We visited several times again over the following months to make sure that our decision was the right one not only for ourselves but also for our two very young children. We have never looked back!

Having made up our minds, we decided to do something about it and after speaking with our UK based immigration attorney, decided that the best way forward for our family to get to Florida was via the EB-5 investment visa. By this method, our family could both live and work in the US first on a conditional green card (pending the required investment period and creation of jobs) and then when the conditions were lifted, on a permanent green card. This route also makes it possible for our family to become US citizens.

We did our due diligence. American Life had a proven track record and their many regional centers appealed to us. They also came recommended to us by other investors who were going through the process, publications and writings online and by our attorney who had prior dealings with the company. We met with Richard Robinson, the UK representative of American Life and our investment was made in April 2009. The building in Seattle in which we invested was debt free and as a physical building we figured would always be an asset. We felt that it would be both a solid investment to make with our money whilst at the same time providing a good means for the employment requirement of the visa to be fulfilled.

We are happy to recommend American Life as our experiences have been very positive. American Life worked extremely well with our attorney and through them we have successfully received our permanent green cards.

Our journey was relatively smooth. Each step was outlined to us and so we knew what to expect and the estimated timeframe. This made the whole process less stressful. In order to get our conditional green card, there was extensive documentation to be provided, an interview at the US embassy and medicals. After two years of living in Florida, we applied to have the conditions on our green card removed. American Life provided our attorney with all of the necessary documentation and we received our permanent green cards in January 2013. Citizenship is our next goal. The beauty of this route is you also get credit for the time spent living in the US whilst on the conditional green card and so now we are well on our way to naturalization.

The building in which we invested was built in the timeframe outlined by American Life in the prospectus. In relation to the return on our investment, the first few years provided very little of any note but over the last three months we have seen a good increase in monthly income. Finally, the sale of our interest is not a viable option at present.

We have been unlucky with the current market conditions that the rental of the office space has been slow which has affected the timing of the sale of our interest in the project. However, this cannot be attributed in any way to American Life who continue to actively work on getting the building fully leased which in turn will lead to ways in which to realize the original capital (together with any return on capital thereon) to its investors. We receive regular communication on the performance of the investment and any questions that we have asked have always been answered promptly and courteously.

We trust that American Life will provide us with an exit strategy that will ensure the return of our capital when it is in the best interest of all of the partners in the project. We have every faith and confidence that Mr. Henry Liebman and his team will deliver in the near future. In the meantime we hope that the monthly income continues to grow.

In summation, we have found American Life to be entirely professional, reliable and supportive. In our opinion, the EB-5 option is a journey that should not be embarked on lightheartedly but if living and working in the USA is what you desire, then the EB-5 route is a way to make it happen.

Yours sincerely,

Mr & Mrs Jackson
February 21st, 2013


To Whom It May Concern.

Reference for American Life, Inc. concerning their actions in helping us through the EB5 process.

Before the investment

In early 2008 my wife and I decided to try and move from the UK to a warmer climate. We chose Orlando, Florida as our target destination, as it provided a good combination of British culture, English language, good schools, and entertainment option for our 2 boys and ourselves.

We needed a way to get a visa that would allow us to live and work in the USA, but I didn’t want to commit to running a business of my own. I had just sold a successful UK business and was looking forward to semi-retirement! The answer seemed to be the US governments EB5 investor visa, which allowed an investor to enter the USA on a conditional greencard in return for making an investment that provided employment for 10 USA legal workers for a minimum of 2 years. There were a number of companies that offered to administrate our EB5 investment from start to finish, but we chose American Life based on the following criteria:

1) A proven track record. I could see internet posts that appeared genuine, from other American Life investors at various stages of the immigration process.

2) A long list of completed and ongoing projects. The list of commercial properties that American Life had redeveloped was discussed on the Amlife.us website and other websites including news organization in the Seattle area.

3) We used an immigration attorney based in the UK for advice and to help us through the process, and he advised that he held the American Life option in high regard.

4) I liked the idea that the investment was property based. There is a risk with any investment, but having the invested funds sunk into commercial property made sense to me.

American Life were responsive to all our enquiries, and we made our investment in August 2008. It was a surreal moment; making a bank transfer to a company I had not dealt with before. It was virtually all the money I had from the sale of my business, but you only get one life and I wanted to find a way to retire in the sunshine and avoid the long British Winters. It was an investment in my future and that of my family.

After the investment

Once the investment was in place, we could apply to the USA government for the visa.

There were a myriad of background checks, medical checks, and a visit to the American embassy, but we were finally approved in Sept 2009.

Once you have the approval you have 6 months to enter the USA.

American Life worked hand-in-hand with our attorney and the biggest compliment I can give to the administration of the process is that I don’t remember that much about it. The attorney asked me for certain pieces of information and paperwork at the start of the process, and he passed them onto the US immigration service as required until we got approved.

The US immigration service liaised directly with our attorney, and we kept American Life informed as we progressed through the system. We could have used an attorney in the USA, and I believe American Life have one or two attorneys they work with on a very regular basis, but at the time I took comfort from using a UK based attorney that operated on my time zone, and operated within UK the UK legal system.

We entered the USA on 2nd December 2009. We handed the airport immigration official the paperwork and they showed us to a little room where we waited until they had processed our paperwork. It took about an hour and a half, but we expected it so it was no big deal.

After 2 years in the USA, our UK attorney filed to have condition removed from our greencards. Once again, he worked hand-in-hand with American Life. About 8 months after the application for removal of conditions, we were informed that our request was the subject of a “request for further information”. It turned out that this was not directly about us, but about our investment. There was some in depth debate between American Life and American immigration authorities on the interpretation of the immigration laws relating to proving of employment numbers. Remember, one of the conditions of the visa, is that your investment provides employment for 10 legal workers for 2 years, so unless American Life could demonstrate our investment had achieved that, then we wouldn’t get final approval to stay in the USA.

American Life supplied the information necessary to our UK attorney, and on the 22nd Jan 2013, our 10 year greencards were issued. Before they expire, all the family will be eligible for citizenship in the USA making renewal of the greencards unnecessary.

So, American Life had guided us from 2008, and an idea that living in Florida might be nice, to 2013 and permanent residency in the USA, and 95% of the way to US citizenship. The process was virtually glitch free. It took a little longer than expected, but that because of the request for further information from American immigration, but even during that time I felt that the situation was under control, and we were simply progressing through the system.

So, American Life had guided us from 2008, and an idea that living in Florida might be nice, to 2013 and permanent residency in the USA, and 95% of the way to US citizenship. The process was virtually glitch free. It took a little longer than expected, but that because of the request for further information from American immigration, but even during that time I felt that the situation was under control, and we were simply progressing through the system.

So, What about the money?

We have received monthly income from our investment most months since August 2008 when the investment was made. The investment we made was in a warehouse that was converted to a selfstorage and workloft facility in Seattle.

The original prospectus for the investment that we got from American Life outlined what we should expect in terms of financial return, and although the economy has reduced the performance slightly, the overall pattern has been as forecast.

There is an expectation that I will get my investment back, but American Life has never promised a time frame for it to happen, so I have no specific expectation of when it will be. American Life send us a performance review every quarter, and in a recent review they have outlined a couple of sets of circumstances under which the investment could be liquidated. I trust American Life to continue to deal with the finances of the project as they see appropriate for the benefit of me and their other investors, and at some time in the future I’ll get the money back. Until that happens, I’ll continue to get a monthly payment based on the rent being paid to lease the building.

I am pleased with my choice of American Life to partner with on this project. They have fulfilled all their obligations in terms of immigration, communication and financial performance, and I would happily recommend them, but don’t allow my recommendation or my personal experience to make you think for one second that this is a decision to be taken lightly.

Steve H.
February 11th, 2013


It seems such a long time ago that my 22 year old daughter, Jennifer said to me one day. “Dad, I want to live in New York”. Wow! We had been coming to America since 1987 and Jennifer had two pen friends in NY which she had visited. I made some enquiries but it looked impossible until quite by chance I saw a small ad in The Sunday Times from Richard Robinson, the UK arm of American Life about a visa called a EB5. After a bit of research we knew that this would be the way forward and after a meeting with him in London my wife, Wendy, Jennifer and I flew to Seattle to meet the USA arm of the company. We were met with enthusiastic, knowledgeable associates who showed us around the area and explained in fine detail the workings of the scheme and the options available. We were convinced and Jennifer entered the labyrinth of the US immigration system firmly holding the hand of American life and its associate lawyers. We were given an timetable of stages usually taken by the US authorities to process the various parts of the visa and almost to the week these processes were complete and we moved onto the next stage.

During this time Jennifer enjoyed a rental income from our chosen property and we even subscribed to the web site of one of the tenants of the building that she had a fractural ownership of. At all times we were told what was happening and guided through the process.

In 2008 Jennifer, was given her precious EB5 visa which allows her permanent residence in the USA with freedom to live and work where she likes. Thank you American Life. You have made a young girls dream come true and although we are sad to have lost her to America she is living her dream. As the advert for paint says in the UK. You have done exactly what it says on the tin.

John B., Chester, UK.
June 16th, 2009


The Ochi family of Japan always loved Hawaii and moved there in November, 2007. They also participate in the American Life’s EB-5 immigrant investment visa program. Hawaii is known around the world as a southern paradise resort, surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, rich nature, and gentle sea breezes.

Let’s ask them about their story and their life in Hawaii.

Q:Why did you want to immigrate to the US?
A: I thought the lifestyle in the US is more suitable for me and my family than life in Japan. Actuary I feel very comfortable and satisfied with my present life in US.

Q:How did you learn about the EB-5 program?
A: One of my relatives, who already lived in the United States for years, knew the EB-5 program, and she recommended me to join American Life’s EB-5 program.

Q: How long did it take to acquire the conditional green card?
A: About one year. My life was busy at the time, so it didn’t feel like a long time.

Q:What is the hardest part of acquiring the green card?
A: It was a nuisance to report on records of prior US visit, as I lost my old passport with the dates stamped.

Q:Are you satisfied with your present life? If yes, why?
A: Absolutely! I can get the job I want, as there is no age discrimination in finding employment in US, very different from Japan.

Q:What is your dream?
A: My dream is to spend time on the weekends looking at the beautiful ocean and feeling the nice Hawaiian sea breeze. I hope that someday I can run a nice café on the beach as a place to relax.

Q:Please let me hear your impressions as a participant in this program.
A: I think EB-5 is a wonderful program that helps less active regions in the United States, and allows me to contribute to the local economy. It was a very good chance to change my lifestyle. Besides financial returns are far better than money in a bank. So, I think EB-5 is a very innovative program.


Saeko has lived in Seattle for almost ten years. She is a US green card holder by way of American Life’s EB-5 immigrant investor program.

She considered immigrating to the US for her son’s education, and she thought the best place to live would be Seattle, WA because it was known for its high-level education. Originally, her idea was to apply for a student visa for both her and her son. When she visited Seattle for preliminary inspections, without thinking, she stopped by a bookstore.

One book she picked up was about the EB-5 immigration program, “Invest to Emigrate”, by Henry G. Liebman; the president of American Life Inc. The next day, her friend introduced her to a lawyer and who also ran a real estate investment company.

During the conversation, she incidentally mentioned her immigration plan, and he said “The best solution is the EB-5 program.” His name was Henry Liebman. So he was the guy who wrote the book that Saeko read at the bookstore the previous day. What a coincidence!

The EB-5 investment amount was not easy money for her at that time. The money is not used to “buy” a green card, but to invest in high potential real estate property in Seattle. It would be a good chance to manage my money as investment, she thought. American Life’s debt-free low-risk strategy was a key point that attracted her, but the SODO area also caught her eye. Seattle is the 7th largest international container port in US, and SODO faces the Seattle port. As long as such a big port is facing the investment area, it won’t die.

Shortly after, she decided to join American Life’s EB-5 program. Her investment property was in a building partnership that leases space to a small tile shop on 1st avenue south in SODO.

It was not showy, but a plain, old building. However, after a short time, by very good fortune, Starbucks world headquarters moved to the huge property just across the street. This was a great change for the SODO neighborhood. Many visitors including employees of Starbucks, and of Sears department store, also in the same building have been around this area ever since. It raised the neighborhood land prices including that of Saeko’s property.

After ten years, she still lives in Seattle, received her I-829 removal of conditions, and still enjoys the income from her investment.


Beautiful San Francisco is known for its cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf with its fresh marine products, famous wineries in nearby Napa Valley and its huge Asian towns.

Mr. Mikami joined American Life Inc.‘s EB-5 program when he was only 30 years old, and moved to San Francisco in the summer, 2009. He passed the Japanese bar examination when he was a senior in college, since then, he has worked as an international lawyer for Japanese and US companies.

He has lived in US, studying at graduate school while working for his Japanese law firm.

American flexibility, its mixed culture, and varied entertainment were very attractive for him, and before long, he came to want to immigrate to the US.

“The US education system is very good, I felt it’s much better than Japan’s” he said. He also found that American people are more open, make friends easily and are accepting of immigrants. Those were big plusses. Mr. Mikami, who has abundant energy and loves a challenge, also acquired the qualification of US CPA while he was working at his law firm.

After, he moved to New York to start working at an accounting firm as CPA. He was on an H1-B working visa at the time and was seeking a way to acquire a Green Card through the employer as sponsor. He came to know about the EB-5 investor immigrant program via a newsletter.

“This is what I’m looking for!”, he thought without hesitation.

The business sponsor approach would be painful for him since it takes so much time and there are so many regulations. With EB-5 program, he could acquire the green card in the shortest period of time, and while managing his money in high potential real estate. One of the reasons he could make up his mind so quickly was that he had a chance to hear about the potential of investment area from his friend who coincidentally lived in Seattle. He went back to Japan to make money so that he could invest in American Life’s EB-5 program. After a couple of years, he managed to make enough money to apply for the EB-5.

The investment project he joined was the Marriott Courtyard Hotel project, in which American Life has renovated a 100 year-old office building in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle, very close to downtown.

By the beginning of 2009, Mr. Mikami was able to return to the United States as Green Card holder. He now works for a law firm in San Francisco. “My main clients are Japanese companies, so I usually work from 5pm to 10pm to adjust to Japan time. It lets me enjoy my free time during daylight hours, and that’s good. I can have a coffee at a café in the late morning, or go for a walk and relax.”

On weekends, he sometimes visits to a Winery to search for his favorite among the plentiful number of fine California wines What’s his future vision? “First of all, I want to establish my own law firm. And I hope to retire early and live in beach resort area in the US such as Florida or Hawaii.” He answered, smiling.

Marriott is the one of my favorite hotels, he said. He is very much looking forward to the Marriott Courtyard project’s grand opening in the spring of 2010.