Immigration by investment through the EB-5 program can be undertaken in one of two ways. There is the Regional Center Program and there is what is commonly referred to as a direct EB-5 investment. Most people that consider using an EB-5 visa are doing so in order to achieve immigration to the U.S. rather than to establish and operate a business upon which their immigration status will rely. Therefore, most use an experienced regional center, which (hopefully) enhances their chances of success.
Regional Centers are designated by the USCIS to work with multiple EB-5 investors and pool their investments for greater economic impact. There is an important benefit to the Regional Center Program as job creation (10 new qualified jobs per investor) is a key requirement in the approval or denial of each EB-5 investor. One of the most important benefits of using a regional center is the ability to prove job creation through reasonable methodologies, as only regional centers can utilize induced and indirect job creation. This is a powerful tool for proving maximum job creation.
Additionally, the role of a regional center starts long before a specific project is ever considered and it should not finish until after the receipt of all permanent green cards and return of capital to the limited partners. A leading regional center will perform a thorough analysis and due diligence of each project they offer and will continuously monitor the project for compliance with the EB-5 program and loan requirements. Also, a leading regional center will have an in-house a team of dedicated, full-time, professional staff that work with you to reduce language barriers, perform project monitoring plus assist you and your attorney in preparing and submitting the EB-5 partnership’s relevant immigration documents as well as many other needs that may arise.