Senator Patrick Leahy’s plan to strengthen an investment visa program has been added to the massive immigration reform bill before the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee.
The committee is in the process of reviewing hundreds of amendments to the bill. Leahy serves as the chairman of the panel.
The EB-5 visa program grants green cards to foreign businesspeople and their families in exchange for a $500,000 investment in a sanctioned economic development project.
As part of the agreement, it must also create at least ten new jobs.