The EB-5 program offers foreign investors a variety of business investment possibilities.  Investment in different types of business carry with it different risk levels.  This article briefly discusses two unique investment categories: the purchase of an existing business and the purchase of a troubled business.  Both require the same EB-5 investment amount similar to investing in regional center enterprises, and both have job creation or maintenance requirements.

New commercial enterprises typically must have been formed after November 1990.  The purchase of an existing business, however, is exempt from this requirement, thereby opening up more investment possibilities to foreign investors.  The investment must still create ten jobs, as with most other investment enterprises under the EB-5 program.  The following are the two types of existing businesses to consider under the category.