USCIS seeking more information on California EB-5 regional center closing
Some Victorville, California city officials are saying it's a good sign that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants further documentation related to the city's EB-5 regional center, the Victorville Daily Press reports.
The officials feel that the request could mean the city will be allowed to continue raising funds through the federal EB-5 visa program.
"On the face of it, it sounds positive," Jim Kennedy, who joined the council earlier this month, said of the news.
Through the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas) in an American project or company that either creates or maintains at least 10 full-time jobs.
The recent request by the USCIS came in response to the city's appeal of the agency's decision to terminate Victorville's EB-5 program, which the city is hoping can fund its wastewater treatment plant. The letter reportedly seeks information proving that the city has met the program's job creation requirements, the news source said.