Amidst high crime rates, loss of job security, and political uncertainty, South Africans are leaving the country in significant numbers in search of better opportunities. Many of these South Africans are parents who are seeking a better quality of life, access to a world-class education, and improved career opportunities for their children.
When asked why South Africans want to leave, the number one response was “violent crime.” With a murder rate nine times higher than the United States and the fourth highest absolute murder rate worldwide, South Africans are exhausted by the fear that surrounds many of their daily lives and have an increased urgency to move their families to safety. Safety and security are paramount for one’s well-being, both physically and mentally, and the United States offers both abundantly.
For many, relocating to the United States is seen as the next best step, and the U.S. EB-5 program is widely seen as one of the easiest ways to obtain a permanent green card and eventual citizenship. The program continues to expand in popularity for investors around the world due to the immense advantages that are not present in immigration platforms found in other countries such as the United Kingdom or Australia. And, even though the new “EB-5 Modernization Regulation” took effect in November 2019, which raised the minimum investment amounts, investor families continue to see the EB-5 Visa’s exceptional value for themselves and their children:
Better Opportunities for Children: The United States is internationally known to have the best universities and colleges, with access to new technology and opportunities that don’t exist elsewhere. Foreign students on temporary student visas in America lack the same employment opportunities as those with U.S. Green Cards. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa, however, affords complete freedom to live and to work in the area of one’s choice, without the need to continuously seek approval from the U.S. government to continue one’s stay.
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Culture & Lifestyle: The United States is a nation of immigrants, and Americans are generally welcoming and friendly. There are numerous cultures and climates South Africans can find in the United States, and a growing number of South African communities are growing in Florida, Georgia, and Southern California. The United States also has millions of acres of farmland at reasonable costs, with international buyers owning more than 25 million acres.
Increased Civil Liberties & Freedoms: Americans have desirable civil liberties that many other countries lack. Two of these liberties include the freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Some countries restrict freedom of religion and expression while others may even issue punishment for practicing certain religions or expressing particular speech.
A Strong Economy: The U.S. has a strong economy with a near historic-low national unemployment rate of 3.7%. The United States also has a booming technology industry, a rising real estate market, and record low interest rates.
Places to Live: When it comes time to move to the U.S., EB-5 investors can select a location based on the type of geography and climate that appeals to them. Since an EB-5 investor does not have to live near their investment, they can purchase a personal residence in any state. With easy inter-state travel, EB-5 investors could fly between states to enjoy the different seasons locations have to offer. They can live in southern California to enjoy the summer desert warmth and then fly to Aspen, Colorado for skiing in the winter.
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These are just a few top reasons why the EB-5 visa is growing in popularity among South African parents who are seeking a better life for themselves and their children. If you’d like to learn more about how our group can assist you in determining whether the U.S. EB-5 program would be a good fit for you and your family, please contact us here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.