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Common EB-5 visa Investor Questions

Posted by Kurt Reuss on January 09, 2017

EB 5 Visa requirement common questions:


Q:  "I haven't paid taxes, individual or business, because my country of residence doesn't require it or it isn't customary. Is this a problem?"

A: Catharine: We normally tell clients if they can provide income tax returns, it’s great to do so. If they can't, it's not going to make or break their petition. 

We let them know that if USCIS EB5 sends a request for evidence (RFE) for copies of their income tax returns, they will need to either produce them or get a letter from an attorney in their country of residence stating the legal reason behind why they can't provide those tax returns.

I always request tax returns but I’ll still file a petition if I don't have them. 

 

Q: "When will I get my EB5 money back?"

A: Rupy: Often times an investor's understanding may be that their funds are being loaned to a project for five years so they can expect a return of their capital in five years.

Investors should understand that they are making an equity investment in the new commercial enterprise (NCE), and the NCE is making the loan.  So the return of capital is dependent on two outcomes, first the repayment of the loan by the JCE and second the liquidation of the NCE by the Manager.

Investment Advisor Supervisory Responsibilities

Posted by Kurt Reuss on March 15, 2016

Investment Advisors Views

Chris: An investment advisor is required to supervise all persons that are acting on its behalf. The SEC takes the position that they can sanction an advisor if they fail to reasonably supervise anyone who is acting on the advisor's behalf. Determining whether someone is a supervisor is, again, based on the factual circumstances.

There are a few safe harbors but the best advice is to have some compliance procedures in place or elect a compliance officer in those instances.

Some of additional requirements are that compensation structures need to be disclosed, conflicts of interests have to be more thoroughly disclosed than they necessarily would have to be if you weren't registered.

The SEC is also going to look at you on an annual basis, and under a heightened level of scrutiny because you will be filing Form ADV.