These EB-5 Fund projects are typically reviewed by a SEC/FINRA registered broker dealer. This gives EB-5 investors an added level of assurance that what has been presented to them in the project documents is both legal and accurate.
The U.S. government created the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to encourage foreign investment in U.S. businesses. In exchange for investing in a business that creates jobs for U.S. workers, foreign nationals and their immediate families are eligible to become permanent residents of the United States.The program’s name, “EB–5”, comes from the visa category for which immigrant investors apply – the Employment-Based Immigration: Fifth Preference EB-5.
While the program has evolved considerably since its creation in 1990, there are currently two ways for foreign investors to obtain an EB-5 Visa:
1. Direct investment in a new or existing commercial enterprise that creates jobs,
2. Investing capital through a “Regional Center”, a government-approved firm that actively manages investor funds and the immigration approval process.
Investing capital through a Regional Center provides several major benefits to immigrants seeking U.S. residency through the EB-5 program. One of the most important advantages is the ability to count both direct and indirect jobs; whereas under the Direct Investment Program, immigrants can only count direct jobs. Direct job creation is a result of an investment which has created and sustained ten new actual identifiable jobs over a two-year period. Under the Regional Center program, however, investors can satisfy the job requirement by also showing the indirect job creation from pooled funds of all investors in the project. These jobs can be created collaterally or as a result of capital invested in a commercial enterprise affiliated with a Regional Center. In other words, the investor does not need to show that he or she directly hired any employees and the burden of proving job creation is passed onto the Regional Center. Our team demonstrates the jobs created – both direct and indirect – as a result of the project through economic analysis performed by our world-class economists.
Disclaimer: We are not a regional center and provides access to the various EB-5 projects approved by USCIS through our affiliate partners.