EB-5 direct investments vs. regional center investments

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 31, 2021

EB-5 petitioners have two paths they can take when it comes to making an investment: they can make a direct investment, or invest in a project sponsored by a regional center. 

EB-5 I-526 petition requirements & recent processing times

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 12, 2021

I-526 petition investor petition requirements

For an immigrant investor hoping to obtain a Green Card through the EB-5 program, the path begins with choosing an investment project and then filing Form I-526, the Immigration Petition by Alien Investor.

EB-5 source of funds requirements & best practices

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 12, 2021

A primary EB-5 requirement is an initial investment in a new commercial enterprise. That investment must be $900,000 (USD) in a Targeted Employment Area or $1.8 million in a non-TEA area. As per United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, investors must provide appropriate documentation in their I-526 petition to show the capital for their EB-5 investment has been obtained or earned through lawful means.

What 'Reg S' means and what EB-5 issuers and investors should know

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 05, 2021

This article features securities attorneys Clem Turner and Jackie Prester, and Kurt Reuss, a registered securities broker working exclusively in EB-5.

EB-5 Green Card process: from investment to approval

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 03, 2021

There are four steps in the EB-5 petitioning process that an immigrant investor should be prepared to complete to become a U.S. permanent resident, along with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.

Redemption and Redeployment of EB-5 Capital

Posted by Kurt Reuss on April 26, 2020

Redeployment of EB-5 Capital

An important consideration facing EB-5 investors, especially those from countries that don't have EB-5 visas currently available, is how they can maintain their investment at risk, in order to satisfy their 'at-risk' program requirement, when the job creating enterprise (JCE) is ready to repay the loan made to them by the entity representing investors. Failure to do so would jeopardize their I-829 approval for permanent green cards.

Making an EB-5 investment? Discover 7 key considerations

Posted by Kurt Reuss on September 16, 2019

1. Real estate projects had advantages historically — what’s changed

Real estate construction projects often require a substantial investment with abundant job creation that EB-5 investors can rely on. 

EB-5 regional center projects are allowed to count direct, indirect and induced jobs based on the construction budget; an economic study will determine how many total jobs will be created. One needs only spend the project budget to ensure jobs will be created.

EB 5 projects due diligence checklist

Posted by Kurt Reuss on August 14, 2019

Making an investment of $900,000 - $1,800,000 in one of the EB-5 projects that ultimately fails, jeopardizes both the investor’s funds and the U.S. residency of the investor’s family, therefore every investor would be wise to know as much as possible about the investments they’re considering.

What is EB5 due diligence?

Due diligence is an investigation of an investment prior to signing a contract. Due diligence contributes significantly to informed decision making by enhancing the amount and quality of information available to the investor allowing him or her to better understand the benefits and risks.

What is included in an EB-5 Immigrant Visa due diligence review?

Due diligence begins with a thorough analysis of the investment documents including the capital structure, project viability, exit strategy and job creation potential as it relates to the the EB5 green card program.

The due diligence review should also identify risk mitigation strategies that have been implemented by the Manager or General Partner to protect investors. These include use of a fund administrator to oversee all transfers of investor funds, and construction monitoring to ensure transfers to the Developer are in-line with construction progress.

EB-5 visa: requirements & best practices

Posted by Kurt Reuss on January 10, 2019

To obtain permanent residency status — a Green Card — through the through the EB-5 program, an investor must meet specific requirements as per United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Loan Administration Checklist

Posted by Kurt Reuss on May 18, 2018

The Manager of the NCE (EB-5 investors) should consider the following loan administration checklist. 

    1. Retain Independent Counsel. The loan documentation should be in accordance with industry standards and consider the EB-5 Immigration program's unique requirements.
    2. Undertake the same due diligence as a financial institution.  This includes obtaining a feasibility of current market conditions, appraisers, title reports and potentially title insurance, a survey, zoning and environmental reports.