Victorville officials optimistic despite USCIS warnings
Despite receiving a second intent to terminate letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the operates of the Victorville Regional Center along with Victorville city officials remain optimistic about their endeavor.
The Victorville, California-based EB-5 regional center received the second notice in August, which said that jobs at the Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Plastipak factories could not be directly attributed to the center’s wastewater treatment facility, according to the San Bernadino Sun.
Still William Buck Johns, an official with the EB-5 regional center, believes the center will continue moving forward.
“We’re expecting our green light from USCIS any day now,” he told the news source.
Johns said that the EB-5 regional center is still being marketed to investors but it is vital that the matter with the USCIS be cleared up.
“It’s just a clear misunderstanding by the USCIS,” he told the news source. “We’re well within the bounds of the program, and this is one of the more successful EB-5 programs in the country.”
The EB-5 visa program allows foreign nationals to become U.S. green card eligible if they invest $1 million (or in some areas, $500,000) in an American business and that investment leads to the creation or preservation of 10 jobs.