Immigrants to the United States have many different options when applying for visas or green cards, and some are more creative than others. One example of an innovative way for immigrant investors to earn a green card is a new idea created to benefit independent truck drivers in the American Northwest. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved a process for immigrants to invest money in more eco-friendly trucks for drivers who are required to manage the amount of pollutants their trucks emit.
The idea for this opportunity was created with help from the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s association with state legislators. It offers investors who can afford to provide $500,000 for new green trucks a fast-track path to a green card for them and their families. Their investment will help create at least 10 jobs in the U.S in the manufacturing and trucking industries.
Tougher emissions standards in the Northwest have forced many truckers to upgrade their rigs, but that is an expensive process. Credit for owner-operators is limited, so their need for flexible financing is the perfect opportunity to invite immigrant investors to contribute to eco-friendly technology and work on their path to citizenship at the same time. Older trucks need to be replaced with ones that run cleaner diesel engines. More than half of the heavy-duty trucks registered in the Northwest region are currently “non-compliant” and could be prohibited from driving into California where the emissions standards are the toughest in the nation. This new immigration business, named the Pacific Northwest EB-5 Regional Center, aims to address that issue and help immigrants who want to legally live and work in the U.S.