Among more than 800 regional centers that have currently been designated by USCIS, some have long and well-established track records, while the majority are newly established and relatively untested. It is therefore paramount to consider the operating experience of any regional center you are looking at.
There are only a select few regional centers that have achieved unconditional permanent residence status (I-829 petition approvals) for their EB-5 investors and a return of capital, let alone consistently achieved this with multiple EB-5 partnerships. For a regional center to be successful, each project they offer must be deliberately structured to meet the EB-5 investors’ ultimate goals: a permanent residency visa for the investor and his or her qualifying family members, and an opportunity to receive a return of capital. In addition to choosing a regional center, each EB-5 investor must choose a project, as many regional centers have more than one project available. The fact that one project of a particular regional center has been successful does not necessarily guarantee that the next one will be.
To be successful an EB-5 investor like you should study the past offerings of the regional center in order to determine if there is a pattern of success and consistency. Additionally, you should research the history of each project developer and whether the regional center you are looking at has worked successfully with the developer in the past. Successful regional centers usually use the same business model for future projects, which should enhance stability and predictability of the investment they are offering you.