1900 Half Street EB-5
The Project involves extensive renovation and reconfiguration of an 8-story office building constructed in 1975.
255 South King Street EB-5
The Project involves the development of a hotel comprised of a twenty-three story tower and an inter-connected seven story building.
300 M EB-5
The Project involves the construction and development of a multi-family and retail mixed use development with 416 multi-family units, ground floor commercial space (10,000 sq/ft), 3-level parking structure (195 parking spaces).
The Project involves the complete renovation of the historic Jarmulowsky Bank Building into a luxury boutique hotel.
90 Columbus EB-5
The project involves the construction of a 51-story, multi-family high-rise property with 634 units.
The Project involves the development of a new 24-story 78-unit condominium building.
Aloft New York Midtown West EB5
The Project involves the development of a 41-storey, 440 room Aloft hotel in New York Midtown West.
American Opportunity Franchise Fund EB-5
The Project involves the construction, development and operations of 18 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, to be operated by franchise operators approved by Dunkin’ Donuts.
The Project involves the development and construction of a new master planned community consisting of an estimated 500 single-family homes and 100 lots for future townhouse development by a third party on a 412.4-acre plot.
Autograph Collection Hotel EB-5
The project involves the development of a 130-room upscale full service “Autograph Collection Hotel” brand by Marriott International.
Banyan Cay Palm Beach EB5
The Project involves the development of a Residential Project and the Resort Project.
The Project involves the construction and development of a 5-storey 60,500 sq/ft. medical office building.
Blvd 6200 South EB5
The Project involves the construction of a second phase of a two-phase, mixed-use development and located on a 3.18 acre site.
BMO Harris Bank Financial Center EB5
The project involves the construction, development, and leasing of commercial offices, retail spaces, and parking garage spaces within a BMO Harris financial center building.
Brightlights Broadcast Technologies Project EB-5
The Project involves the development of five integrated components in two phases. Phase 1 of the Project includes Brightlights Media/Entertainment, Brightlights HealthStream, Brightlights Robotics.
Brooklyn Basin EB5
The Brooklyn Basin site is approximately 65 acres located along the Oakland Estuary and Embarcadero, just southeast of Jack London Square and within the City of Oakland’s San Antonio /Fruitvale /Lower Hills Planning Area.
Cachet Boutique Hotel EB5
The Project consists of the development and renovation of a 105-room boutique hotel in Manhattan, New York.
Campo Felice Phase 1 EB-5
The Project is the redevelopment of a former hotel into a 323-unit senior living community.
Campo Felice Phase 2 EB-5
The Project involves the construction of the second phase of the Campo FelThe Project involves the construction of the second phase of the Campo Felice Senior Living Community development which is an assisted living and memory care facility.
Canopy Hotel EB5
The Project involves the development of a 150-room, 14-story, Canopy by Hilton hotel.
Capitol SW Waterfront EB-5
The Project involves the redevelopment of approximately 27 acres of waterfront land along the Potomac River. The Project includes 3.2 million sq/ft of residential, hotel, office, restaurant, retail and cultural space with 1,350 new residences, 10 acres of parks, open spaces and civic areas and 500 boat slips.
Central Park Tower EB-5
Development of a 131-story mixed-use luxury residential condominium building called Central Park Tower.
Century Plaza Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the redevelopment of Century Plaza Hotel into a mixed-use property.
Challenger Homes EB-5
The Project involves the development of 956 middle-class homes built within 18 residential communities.
CMB Group 74 - Augusta Street Lofts EB-5
The Project involves the development of a five-story, 262-unit apartment complex located in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
CMB Group 75 - Hillwood Commerce 275 EB-5
The Project involves Development of a 663-acre, master-planned business park including multiple logistic and warehouse facilities located approximately two miles south of Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport in Michigan.
Cota Vera EB-5
The Project involves the development of a master-planned community in the City of Chula Vista, a suburb of San Diego.
Courtyard by Marriott West 34th Street EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 29-story, 399-room hotel to be operated under Courtyard by Marriott brand.
Deep South Studio EB-5
The Project involves the development, management and operation of a film, television, and digital media production facility.
Downtown Los Angeles Marriott EB-5
The Project involves the development of 384-room Moxy branded hotel, 360-room AC branded hotel, 11,017 square feet of retail space and 353-car garage.
Elliott Bay Seawall EB-5
The Project involves the redevelopment of the Seattle Waterfront Improvement Project. The proceeds from this offering will be used to purchase project-specific bonds approved by the Washington State Legislature.
Empire Outlets Mall & Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of the Empire Outlets Mall & Hotel.
Four Seasons Resort Hotel and Golf Course EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 136-room (140-key) luxury hotel that will anchor the resort.
Green Truck I EB-5
The Project involves the financing of 100 'California compliant' green trucks through lease or conditional sales agreeements.
Group 66 EB-5
The Project involves the development of a boutique luxury 132-key, 21-story hotel.
Grover Beach Resort EB-5
The Project involves the development of a three separate lodge buildings and guest rooms and amenity spaces.
Hollywood Citizen News EB-5
The Project involves the renovation and development of a 48,773 square foot historic building intended to be operated as a multi-use special event and entertainment venue facility.
Hualalai Residences EB-5
The Project involves the development of luxury residences within the exclusive Hualalai resort area, consisting of the construction of 17 separate single family luxury home.
Hunters Point Shipyard & Candlestick Point EB-5
The Project involves the further development, construction and operation of a portion of Candlestick Point and phase 2 of the Hunter's Point Shipyard, redevelopment.
JW Marriott Garden Walk EB-5
The Project involves the development of JW Marriott GardenWalk hotel with 466 guestrooms and suites, 38,400 square feet of meeting, conference, and events facilities, food and beverage outlets, outdoor pool area and fitness center.
Kimpton Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 158 room, 9-story, 116,000 square foot hotel with a high-end restaurant, lobby bar, 6,400 square feet of meeting/banquet space, 30-40 underground parking stalls with 10-20 surface lot spaces and a roof-top lounge with event space.
LAX Hyatt House EB5
The Project involves the conversion of an existing office building to a 401-room Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport.
LDC - Charlotte Hotel Fund EB5
The Project involves the development of a 126 room extended-stay suites hotel.
LDC - WG North Bergen Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development and construction of a 5 story Wyndham Garden branded hotel with 135 rooms including 10 business suites.
Lighthouse Point Project EB-5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of a supermarket, retail space, restaurants and office space of a mixed use waterfront development.
Long Beach Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 4-star hotel comprised of a thirty-story tower with 429 guest rooms and 22,500 square feet of meeting and pre-function space.
Long Island City Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 57,125 SF, 10 story, 168-room hotel.
Madison Park Project EB-5
The Project involves of the development and management of three apartment buildings with a total 212 units.
Mainsail Waterline Project EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 93,500 square-foot Marriott International hotel, which includes 37 suite and 74 rooms under the Autograph Collection luxury boutique brand.
Marriott Autograph Collection EB5
The Project involves the development of a 8 stories Marriott Autograph Collection hotel with 151 rooms and 125 parking spaces.
Marriott Autograph Collection EB-5
The Project involves the development of an Autograph Collection branded hotel with 180 total guestrooms, a signature restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop terrace and bar.
Marriott Autograph Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 154-room, 4-story full service Marriott Autograph Collection luxury hotel.
Marriott Moxy; Miami Beach EB5
The Project consists of the development and opertation of a 202-room, Marriott Moxy-branded hotel located in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida.
Merced Station EB-5
The Project involves the development of an off-campus student housing project located approximately 1.5 miles from University of California, Merced, California.
Montage Big Sky EB5
The Project consists of the development of a five story, 99-room Montage luxury hotel. The hotel will also include 39 condominium units, a fine dining restaurant, a pub/bar, a café, meeting and amenity space and 259 underground parking spaces.
Mt. Baker Station Apartments EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 301-unit apartment building with parking for 222 vehicles.
Nashville Virgin Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development and construction of a 14-story Virgin Hotel with approximately 260 rooms, multiple food and beverage venues, extensive meeting space, amenities and an outdoor roof-top pool and bar.
Nassau Coliseum EB-5
The Project includes the renovation of the Nassau Coliseum into a first-class sports and entertainment facility, with arena seating for approximately 13,000 patrons.
NY Rivers Casinos & Resorts EB-5
The Project involves the development of Rivers Casino & Resort with a connected 150-room branded hotel and a casino floor of over 50,000 square feet.
NYC Lightstone Towers EB-5
The Project involves the development of two mixed-use multifamily residential towers in the Mott Haven neighborhood of Bronx, New York.
One Manhattan Square EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 72-story residential condominium tower known as One Manhattan Square.
One Wall Street EB-5
The Project involves the renovation of One Wall Street, approximately 1.1 million gross square feet mixed-use building that includes luxury condominiums and retail space.
Pendry Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 12-story luxury boutique hotel with 317 guest rooms, a spa and fitness facility, a rooftop pool and bar area, other facilities and amenities customarily part of a four-star luxury lifestyle hotel.
Port Imperial South Lot 14 & 19 EB-5
The Project involves the development of certain real property located at 1400 and 1900 Avenue at Port Imperial South, Weehawken, New Jersey.
Portland Proper Hotel EB5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of a 196-room luxury hotel.
Prima Luce EB-5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of two residential towers with a total of 220 condominium units.
Renoir Hotel EB5
The Project is the renovation, redevelopment, management, and operation of the landmark Renoir Hotel (built in 1909).
The Project involves the development of a 36-story Ritz Carlton Hotel with approximately 250 rooms, eight (8) residential condominiums, and approximately 3,369 square feet of ground floor retail.
Rockford Hilton EB-5
The Project involves the renovation, new construction and operation of a 13-story hotel and conference center which will include 160 hotel suites, 42,000 square feet of adjacent conference center space, a restaurant, bar, pool, exercise facility, spa, business center, and executive boardrooms.
Seattle Innovation Center EB5
The Project consists of the development of an integrated mixed use residential, retail, and office high rise development in the Belltown neighbourhood.
SMASH Luxury Apartments EB5
The Project involves the development and operation of a luxury apartment community to be comprised of two buildings.
Southport Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the construction and development of a 12-story, 350-room destination waterfront, 4-star hotel and restaurant.
SRC Ajin-Wooshin Fund V EB-5
The Project involves construction and assembly of a new production line for stamped automobile body parts for new Kia Sorento, Santa fe, and optima vehicle models as well as new Hyundai Sonata and elantra vehicle models.
Staybridge Suites EB-5
The Project involves the development of a Staybridge Suites brand extended-stay lodging facility, containing 153 rentable units.
Marriott Hotel LaGuardia EB5
The Project involves the development of a 126-guestroom 6-story (plus cellar and sub-cellar floors) select-service AC Hotels® by Marriott hotel.
The Emerald Seattle EB-5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of “The Emerald”, a 40-story high-rise condominium tower with 266 residential units , 4,530 square feet of ground floor retail and 64 below-grade parking space.
The GlassCo EB-5
The Project involves the development and construction of a glass container machinery manufacturing facility.
The Graduate EB-5
The Project involves the construction of a 19-story, L-shaped 260-units with 1,039-beds student housing building.
Hall Arts Residences EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 28-story luxury residences building and a 10-story boutique luxury hotel.
The Morrison Hotel Project EB-5
The Project involves the development and construction of a new, 14-story, 300-key, four to four 1/2-star hotel.
The North Carolina Senior Living Project EB-5
The Project involves the development, construction, and operation of five (5) new Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities in various cities throughout North Carolina
Thresher Square Hotel EB-5
The project involves the development of a 139,000 square foot building including a 183-key hotel, 3,900 leasable square feet of restaurant space, 7,928 square feet of meeting and banquet space, and over 1,434 square feet dedicated to a hotel café/bar.
The Project involves of the development and construction of a new 7 story boutique hotel, with 200 hotel rooms and loft suites.
Tradepoint Atlantic EB-5
The Project involves the re-development of the former Bethlehem Steel Company Sparrows Point mill into a global logistics center including distribution facilities, port, rail and interstate highway transportation.
TRU and Home 2 Suite EB5
The Project involves the development, construction and operation of a 218 rooms dual-brand Hilton hotel project, consisting of TRU and HOME 2 SUITE.
TRU by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport EB5
The Project involves multiple investments of up to $50,000,000 in real estate and corporate opportunities that meet the guidelines and regulations of the EB-5 Program.
The project involves the development of the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (“TIEC”) located in the rolling foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
Virgin Hotel EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 15-floor high-rise project containing a 258 room full service, luxury hotel.
Vista Canyon EB-5
The Project involves the development of a 157-unit multifamily housing development.
Westphalia Town Center EB-5
The Project involves the development and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 1A of a mixed-use master planned community.
Wooshin USA EB5
The Project involves purchasing additional production equipment and construction of additional production lines for stamped steel automotive body parts in the facility.
By investing in the right EB-5 project, investors can obtain a permanent green-card and preserve their investment. Due diligence is a necessary part of the EB-5 investment selection process. We produce institutional quality due diligence reports on EB-5 projects to help investors, immigration attorneys and investment advisors understand the strengths and risks of an EB-5 offering. Our comprehensive analysis includes review of all relevant documents, financial and sensitivity analysis, review of corporate governance, conducting independent research, having discussions with management, and performing a site visit.
The scope of our EB5 project review includes the project documents to determine whether the project meets the EB-5 Program requirements, the likelihood of project completion and job creation, third party oversight, corporate governance, market feasibility, recourse in the event of project failure, and management background checks.
Due diligence can only reflect a particular moment in time. We continue to update our reports throughout the capital raise and the lifecycle of the project as construction progresses, key agreements are signed, project or I-526 petition approvals are obtained, and unforeseen problems occur.
Here is a detailed summary of the reasons why our reports provide the leading due diligence in EB-5 today:
We are an independent third-party diligence firm that has reviewed over 155 EB-5 qualified investments. We have no vested interest in any EB-5 regional center or EB5 project. We are driven to present all findings — both positive and negative — that are related to EB 5 visa requirements. Contrast this with the process of just dealing with an EB5 regional center that has a financial interest in the project they’re marketing and trying to sell to investors. To make an intelligent decision, you need an objective analysis of the strengths and risks of an investment by a neutral third-party diligence provider. That’s who we are and what we deliver.
Our analysis of all relevant documents, site visits, interviews with key personnel, background checks, and financial analysis is everything a potential investor needs to make an intelligent decision. Our reports for each EB 5 visa
investment are usually 35-40 pages long and if any additional information is requested, we will get the answers.
Easy to understand and review
Despite the scope and depth of our diligence, we also pride ourselves on serving this information in an easy-to-understand way. The text and visuals (including well-designed graphs and charts) are presented in a logical and efficient way that allow would-be investors of any experience level to understand each project in terms of how suitable it may be for them. Investors have told us that we are totally clear in listing the strengths and risks of a project and that we give them all the essential facts and analysis in a digestible way.
Timely and responsive
We have often worked with investors that are under tight time constraints so we can deliver our reports and additional answers quickly and in keeping with their petition deadlines. If you have additional questions or need to discuss something in our reports, we are always available and can often call you back immediately (if time zone differences allow) to give you the information and guidance you need.
Both EB-5 investors and lawyers have complimented us on our responsiveness and top-notch service. Whether you prefer to communicate by email or phone, we’ll be there for you as soon as possible to ensure you are comfortable, informed and empowered.
Updates Throughout the EB-5 projects
EB-5 due diligence is not static; it is constantly evolving as each project evolves. That’s why we are constantly tracking changes and updates to each project, from petition filing to the end of the construction. Investors and lawyers need this and we provide this.
How Lawyers benefit from our reports
A great immigration lawyer is essential to any petition. But immigration lawyers are not financial advisors and are not qualified to provide advice on an EB5 investment. Doing so is an unnecessary responsibility and liability.
Further, an immigration lawyer should not advise an investor client to choose an investment simply because that investment was successful for a previous EB-5 client. Each investor has special needs that must be considered, and material changes can occur over the timeline of a project.
The evaluation of an investment project should be left to a team of professionals who specialize in performing due diligence on EB-5 investment offerings — and we have many years of leading the industry in this particular field for many reasons:
- our due diligence is in-depth and thorough
- we have clearly defined review criteria that is backed up by project site visits, interviews with the management team, background checks, and financial analysis
- all our findings — both positive and negative — are presented for a complete and unbiased view of an investment offering
- we understand securities laws implications on EB5 offerings.
- we understand economic job creation models to assess if job estimates are accurate.
Beyond our depth of analysis, our breadth is also unrivalled. Our team has reviewed over 155 EB-5 offerings and that number is always growing. And our comprehensive reports are very easy to review and compare with clear visuals. Plus, We are always available for any questions from a lawyer or investor in search of an EB5 Green Card— throughout the life cycle of an investment.
And though the quality of our due diligence is unmatched, we understand that time can be of the essence in EB-5. You can trust us to work under tight deadlines when you need to file a petition quickly. Do the job you do best an as immigration lawyer — and let us give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your client is getting the industry’s leading EB-5 due diligence.
How our due diligence reports help you assess important criteria when choosing an EB-5 project
When selecting an EB-5 project and viewing our comprehensive due diligence reports, there are many factors to consider. From the industry the project is in, to the ROI, to the exit strategy, there are a handful of criteria to consistently look for and compare.
A proven industry
Let’s start with the industry. Many investors want to know which sector has historically proven to offer advantages to EB-5 program investors. The answer is real estate has advantages as a result of job creation only needing to have a two-year duration, and real estate EB5 projects — such as hotels, resorts, residential developments and business towers usually require lots of jobs that can be counted towards the EB-5 investor requirements. Because regional centers can include direct, indirect and induced jobs towards their job creation requirements, just the act of spending the real estate budget almost always fulfills this criteria — and real estate budgets are almost always spent. Contrast this with other investment businesses that tie operations to jobs.
Another important factor to look for is how far along a project is. Advanced progress is a healthy sign of job creation and mitigates the risk a market adjustment. As a project nears completion, permanent financing also comes into play, providing for EB-5 investor capital to be repaid.
Prior I-526 approvals are a good sign
Even a single I-526 approval indicates that project documents meet the EB-5 program requirements and USCIS should defer to this approval for subsequent petitions investing in the same project. Exemplar approval — the approval of a sample investor’s project documents, which is usually submitted before any I-526 petitions are filed — is also a positive sign. Regional centers file for exemplar approval to convince investors that their EB5 investment is highly likely to be approved by USCIS. Thus, either a single approved I-526 or exemplar approval shows that USCIS accepts the job creation methodology and other requirements associated with an EB-5 project.
Timing your exit
Another important term to look for is the exit strategy. Investors ideally want to exit their investment as close to their expected I-829 filing date. This is the date that ends the “at risk” requirement of EB5 investment
Your immigration attorney can help you determine when this is likely to be, but in the current environment of USCIS slowdowns, your expectation should build in a certain cushion of time into the EB5 process. Note that petitioners from countries with an EB-5 visa backlog will have a significantly different timeline for the return of capital and will likely prefer longer investment durations to avoid having their capital reinvested into another project in order to satisfy their “at risk’”requirement.
Because loans have maturity dates, they tend to offer more certainty of repayment than private equity investments, but since most loans contain prepayment clauses, even most loans cannot provide the certainty that we’d like to see.
Lastly, as the EB-5 program is essentially about getting a Green Card and return on investment (ROI) is a lesser consideration, you should be skeptical of EB-5 investment options that offer higher rates of return, as they almost always come with significantly greater risk.