California attracts more foreign direct investment than any other state. There are many reasons why California is such a popular location for international companies. No other state can match California’s location, consumer market, workforce, and concentration of corporate, financial, and high-technology resources. What’s more, California has 11 ports, 12 international airports, and houses one of the largest concentrations of international banks, foreign consulates, and bi-national chambers of commerce in the United States.

Services for Foreign Investors

California welcomes many forms of foreign investment, from entrepreneurial ventures to major manufacturing or distribution facilities. GO-Biz helps foreign investors understand how to bring their business to California.

For enterprises and entrepreneurs looking to establish or expand in California, GO-Biz links them with California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) for technical assistance services. Services include but are not limited to:

  • Site selection and logistical assistance
  • Demographic, wage, tax, and utility cost data
  • Quality of life facts for workers and their families
  • Networking opportunities with local government officials and private businesses

To support your business expansion in California, view the California Business Investment Guide. For the federal regulations on foreign investment click here.

For more information, please contact us.


EB-5 Investor Visa Program

California is a popular state for EB-5 investment. The EB-5 Investor Visa program is run by the U.S. Government, but GO-Biz is responsible for State of California designation of high unemployment locations known as Targeted Employment Areas, or TEAs. Locating a project in a TEA potentially allows an investment to qualify for an EB-5 visa at the lower $500,000 threshold.