Foreign Direct Investment
Services for Foreign / Out-of-State Investors
California is a leading destination state for foreign direct investment. The state has one of the largest concentrations of international banks, foreign consulates, and bi-national chambers of commerce in the United States. California welcomes all forms of foreign investment, from entrepreneurial ventures to major manufacturing or distribution facilities, and from real estate investment to major private equity or other financing.
Out–of–State Investment Assistance
The GO-Biz California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) unit helps enterprises and entrepreneurs seeking a location for new establishment or expansion. CalBIS provides technical assistance services to help businesses grow and prosper. Services include but are not limited to:
- Site selection and logistical assistance
- Demographic, wage, tax and utility cost data
- Quality of life facts for your workers, their family and business
- Networking with local government officials and private businesses
More information about relocating or expanding you business is available.
EB-5 Investor Visa Program
The EB-5 Investor Visa Program encourages foreign direct investment in the United States. The State of California provides customized Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certifications for projects that qualify for EB-5 investment. Locating a project in a TEA potentially allows an investment to qualify for an EB-5 visa at a lower threshold ($500,000), instead of the typical threshold of $1,000,000. Certification letters will be automated through a new interactive database tool and California offers an interactive mapping tool to help locate projects in TEAs.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the State of California's leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create the California Business Portal.