What is an EB-5 Regional Center

A Regional Center is defined as any economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment.

In more simple terms, a Regional Center is an area designated by the USCIS as eligible to receive immigrant investor capital.

A Regional Center obtains its designation by submitting a detailed application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The organizers of a regional center seeking the regional center designation from USCIS must submit a proposal showing:

1: How the regional center plans to focus on a geographical region within the U.S., and msut explain how the regional center will achieve the required economic growth within this regional area

2: That the regional center’s business plan can be relied upon as a viable business model grounded in reasonable and credible estimates and assumptions for market conditions, project costs, and activity timelines

3: How in verifiable detail (using economic models in some instances) jobs will be created directly or indirectly through capital investments made in accordance with the regional center’s business plan

4: The amount and source of capital committed to the project and the promotional efforts made and planned for the business project.

 

Resources

History of the EB-5 Visa Program

EB-5 Policy and Legal Considerations

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE EB-5 VISA

EB-5 Regional Center list state by state

American Immigration Lawyers Association EB-5 Committee and Invest In the USA 

Due Diligence Issues for EB-5 Investments

Retainer agreement disclosures, confirmations, warnings and conflict waivers:

USCIS Executive Summary May 2012 EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Governors office of California EB-5 UPDATE

Investor Options: E-2 versus EB-5

Advantages and Disadvantages of the E-2 and EB-5 Visas

Documents required for the I-526 Filing

Canadians and the EB-5 Visa

The Association to Invest In USA (IIUSA)

Regional Center Investment Models

Loan versus Equity EB-5 Investments through a Regional Center

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