Different Sized EB-5 Regional Centers
When considering the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program as a route to permanent U.S. residence, choosing the actual Regional Center is one of the most important decisions during the EB-5 process. The Regional Center is what is going to be the deciding factor on whether or not the EB-5 visa green card will be issued; this leaves a lot of potential EB-5 investors questioning – is it better to opt for a small, medium or large EB-5 program?
The size of the Regional Center varies based on the type of EB-5 project it is implementing, be it a resort or a farm or even a restaurant. Given that the EB-5 visa requires an investment of at least $500,000 into an approved Regional Center, the investment has important implications that can affect the time it will take an investor and the investor’s family to migrate, the processing of immigration applications – the I-526 and I-829 – and their approval, the risk assessment of the project, the exit strategy, and the ability to get the invested funds back in the future.
When it comes to selecting any Regional Center, the most important thing to analyze is its history. Notably, if the project is relatively large, requiring more than 50 foreign investors, establishing a successful track record of the Regional Center should help to ensure the overall decision. However, examining the history of all Regional Centers is necessary before finally choosing.
Has the Regional Center been featured in the media? Does the type of program have a proven reputation? The faster the Regional Center fills the amount of investors needed, the less time it will take for the EB-5 visa to be issued. Extensive project plans, a safe exit strategy, future reimbursement of investment funds and superior marketing are what draws investors to specific Regional Centers. If it takes an extended period of time or if the project is not fully funded, chances of it launching are slim to none.
There is not a simple answer in regards to the appropriate size of an EB-5 project. The possible implications of a Regional Center’s project size must be considered on an individual project basis; researching all of the project’s information and the center’s past projects can serve as an indication to the Regional Center’s success rate.
Partnering with expert EB-5 consulters can help when it comes to advice on what to look for in a Regional Center and EB-5 project. All the information needed on EB-5 visas is available at http://www.eb5exclusive.com which offers the latest in EB-5 news, Regional Centers and projects.