Direct vs. Regional Center EB-5 Investments

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At Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience providing immigration legal services for EB-5 investors, including for business professionals and high net worth individuals all over the globe. The EB-5 investor visa is a highly advantageous option for foreign nationals seeking to pursue permanent residence in the U.S., as these visas qualify the holder for a green card. Investors can secure an EB-5 visa by filing an individual direct petition or by going through “regional centers” some of whose projects have been pre-approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

These regional centers negate some of the complicated issues that can accompany a direct EB-5 petition and afford the foreign national a significantly greater degree of flexibility and freedom. Thus, regional center EB-5 petitions make up the majority of total petitions filed. 

Filing a direct EB-5 petition is typically an attractive option for investors who want to start a business that creates employment, and to maximize profits from their investment. On the other hand, petitioning through a regional center allows for indirect employment creation and offers an investor the following advantages:

  • The investor can live anywhere in the U.S.
  • He or she can work (or not work) anywhere in the U.S.

Both the direct and regional center options offer the following advantages: 

  • His or her children can stay and study in the U.S.
  • He or she can travel in and out of the country at will.

We delve a little deeper into the differences between regional center and direct EB-5 petitions in this infographic.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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