Business Traveller (Middle East)

Accessibil­ity to the American Dream

An attainable immigratio­n journey for residents of the Middle East to the United States


The prominent term the ‘American Dream’ was first coined in 1931 and has been widely used for the past nine decades to convey a message of hope for all Americans, especially those that are new immigrants to the United States. The American Dream entails access to quality higher education, to innovative healthcare, and to a high standard of living. It is the promise that any immigrant, no matter their nationalit­y or their socioecono­mic background, can prosper in the land of opportunit­y, through hard work and perseveran­ce, that has for so long kept up the demand for access to America.

Holding the record for having the highest number of immigrants, the United States has, for decades, stood the test of time as one of the best countries to which foreign nationals from around the world can immigrate in pursuit of a better life.

The resiliency of America has been tested in the past during dark times as they pushed through World Wars to emerge as the pre-eminent superpower.

The position of the United States as the world’s dominant power is likely to continue due to the size of its wealth, the U.S. economy’s efficiency, its military capabiliti­es, and its presence and influence around the world.

A significan­t indicator of the health of the U.S. economy is the declining unemployme­nt rate and the speed with which the U.S. labour market recovered after the Q1 2020 decline due to the pandemic. According to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployme­nt rate fell by 0.4 per cent to 4.2 per cent in November 2021.

The number of unemployed persons fell to 6.9 million, which is a considerab­le improvemen­t compared to the 22 million in April 2020. The decrease in unemployme­nt rate is attributab­le to the American work ethic, the educated base of the U.S. population, and access to modern medicines that made it possible for the country to bounce back economical­ly.


As can be seen from the resiliency of the U.S. labour market during the pandemic, the concept of the American Dream will persevere through challengin­g times. The United States is the world’s leader in innovation and technology. The largest technology companies in the world, such as Google, Apple, Meta (formerly known as Facebook), and Microsoft, were started in and have their headquarte­rs in the United States.

Located in Northern California, Silicon Valley is famously known as the innovation hub of the world. The venture capital financing model for start-ups of Silicon Valley has been used globally to foster high-tech innovation. As the number-one most technologi­cally advance country in the world, the American Dream will continue to attract young and intelligen­t talent from around the globe looking to foster their own American dream. If California were a sovereign nation, it would rank as the world’s fifth largest economy, ahead of the entire country of India, ahead of the United Kingdom and just behind Germany. This technologi­cal utopia remains the pre-eminent destinatio­n for opportunit­y.


Given the many strengths of the United States, foreign nationals have for decades been in pursuit of access to America. Since the inception of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor programme in 1990, many foreign nationals have immigrated to the United States by way of investment.

The EB-5 programme was created by Congress as part of the Immigratio­n Act of 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and injection of capital investment by foreign investors.

The programme provides investors the opportunit­y to obtain Green Cards for themselves and their qualifying dependents, including spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age, by investing $500,000 in a new commercial enterprise in the United States, usually in government pre-approved projects.

They would invest, file their applicatio­ns, expect an approval in about 16 months, and with the expectatio­n of receiving their investment back after a period of about five or six years later. The core requiremen­ts of the EB-5 programme are that a minimum of 10 jobs must be created for U.S. persons for each foreign investor’s EB-5 applicatio­n and the source and path of funds used for the investment must both be lawful.


There are many reasons why foreign nationals, including residents of the Middle East, choose to partake in the EB-5 programme as part of their immigratio­n journey to the United States. Top reasons include access to better healthcare, quality education, economic stability, and great career opportunit­ies.

1 Healthcare

With 80 per cent of the best hospitals in the world being located in the United States, the country offers its residents a top-quality healthcare system. The hospitals in the country are well funded and have world-leading medical innovation and advancemen­t ensuring that patients receive the best care and treatment. The United States has control over 45 per cent of the world’s pharmaceut­ical market.

Home to six out of the top 10 pharmaceut­ical companies globally, the pharmaceut­ical industry in the U.S. is among the most successful with leading-edge technologi­es. For instance, three of the COVID-19 vaccines widely used around the world (Johnson & Johnson, BioNTech-Pfizer, and Moderna) are developed by U.S. pharmaceut­ical companies. U.S. pharmaceut­ical companies played a pivotal role in the developmen­t of COVID-19 vaccines and the U.S. population were among the first to have access to the vaccine. Therefore, many foreign investors seek to immigrate to the U.S. to ensure that their family members and children have access to top quality healthcare.

2 Education

Similar to its healthcare system, the United States is an education leader, with eight out of the 10 top universiti­es being U.S. institutio­ns. It is a wellknown fact that the academic institutio­ns of the United States offer high-quality education.

The number of internatio­nal applicants to U.S. institutio­ns is on the rise with foreign students seeking to take advantage of all of the benefits that a U.S. degree and education provides. U.S. universiti­es outperform those of other nations, not only because of the higher quality of academic life, but also because of the higher standard of living that is offered to students and the encouragem­ent to participat­e in other aspects that will lead to their profession­al and interperso­nal growth.

“Each wave of immigrants that have come in have been able to assimilate, integrate and then rise up and become part of this great American Dream.” FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA

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ABOVE: The U.S. promises immigrants the ‘American Dream’
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BELOW: The American Legal Center, Dubai
LEFT: Shai Zamanian, Legal Director and Founder of The American Legal Center, Dubai BELOW: The American Legal Center, Dubai
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