EB-5 Visa Due Diligence, What Do I Need to Know?

With over 800 different EB-5 Regional Centers in the US to choose from, offering many different types of projects, how do you determine which one will work for you and how do you get all the information and education you need to comply with the EB-5 visa guidelines and chose a regional center project that fits within your guidelines?

You will need to take into account many points before reaching a decision on your choice of EB-5 Visa project to secure your permanent residence (green card), and of course the eventual return of your $500,000.

  • Here are some points to consider when you are carrying out due diligence on any EB-5 regional center projects.
  • How many projects has this Regional Center completed?
  • How many successful I-526 petitions?
  • How many successful I-829 petitions?
  • Does the project have a defined exit strategy?
    If not, are their any written exit proposals in the offering documents?
  • Have any of your projects repaid earlier clients?
  • How much Non-EB5 money does this project have?
    This is a very important consideration – You need to know why
  • Is there a written agreement for return of money if I-526 is denied?
    How much is refunded? How much retained?
  • What is my money actually going to be used for?
    How secure is it?
  • What is the projected return? (In prospectus or offering document)
    Why this is NOT nearly as important as you might think.

Get all the information, education and answers you need to make the right choice for you.

Remember: Every regional center is in competition to sell you on why their business plan is better than anyone else’s; they want your money and thus they carefully paint a picture of all the positive aspects of their regional center project, often without disclosing potential risks.

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MOST EB-5 VISA GOALS INCLUDE:

GET LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCY

GET MY GREEN CARD – Receive approval of my EB-5 visa application from the U.S. Government within a reasonable time. (Approval of my I-526 Petition)

MAKE MY GREEN CARD PERMANENT

REMOVE CONDITIONS – Get my permanent residency conditions removed by having my chosen Regional Center prove the job creation numbers. (I-829 Petition)

RETURN OF MY ORIGINAL CAPITAL

GET MY MONEY BACK – Experience, safety, security and accountability are how you take every possible step towards the timely return of your capital – all of which is reflected in the quality of our results.

WHY USE THE EB5 VISA?

Regardless of your circumstances, our experienced EB-5 Concierge managers can efficiently answer any questions you may have about the EB-5 visa program and we are here to help you reach your immigration goals.

We care about your goals, your family, your specific needs, and we have been achieving excellent results for over 21 years.

Our clients trust us to solve their EB-5 visa needs in a manner that is secure and confidential from our first contact with them. Trust is the first attribute our clients recognize when we discuss EB-5 solutions rather than problems.

We are true to ourselves and commit to always align our goals with yours, that's how we create successful partnerships.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

Generally the answer would be yes, if you are already in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa (such as H-1B or E-2); however you should definitely consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding your own specific situation. Once your I-526 petition is approved using the EB-5 Visa, your attorney may be able to submit an I-485 petition with the USCIS to adjust your status to conditional permanent resident status. EB-5 investors are granted two-year conditional permanent residency upon approval of their I-485 application. If you would like to ask us a question about this subject you can click the Ask Your EB-5 Question section below.

First step is to choose your regional center and the project you want to invest in. Please see How do I Select a High Quality Low Risk EB-5 Project section above. The procedure then is typically as follows: First, your attorney files an I-526 petition requesting conditional residency. If approved, you can apply for a conditional green card through a consulate interview or an adjustment of status (if you are already in the U.S. on another visa). Once the conditional green card is issued, it is valid for two years. Near the end of the two-year period of conditional residency, your attorney files the I-829 petition to remove the conditions on the green card. This petition demonstrates that your capital was fully invested and at risk during the two-year period and that the required 10 qualifying jobs have been created. Upon approval of the I-829 petition, you and your qualified family members become lawful permanent residents and can ultimately choose to become U.S. citizens after five years. If you would like to ask us a question about this subject you can click the Ask Your EB-5 Question section below.

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