The EB-5 immigrant visa, allows entry to immigrants who invest in a U.S. project, and which leads to job creation. More specifically, those who wish to pursue an EB-5 visa must invest in a commercial enterprise established after November 29th, 1990, must help create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs (either directly or indirectly), and must meet other exact requirements.
Immigrant investors can, however, be awarded an EB-5 visa if, instead of investing directly in a new enterprise, they choose to send their funds to a regional center. An EB-5 regional center is an entity associated with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that helps sponsor investment projects for EB-5 investors, and that helps investors with indirect job creation.
If you wish to obtain an EB-5 visa as an immigrant investor in San Diego, investing in a regional center may be in your best interests. Before taking any action, however, consider the following tips to help you select the right center for you.
Consider the Track Record of the Regional Center
When looking for an EB-5 regional center in the San Diego area, it is of the utmost importance that you consider the history of the center’s success. An investor should look for a regional center whose investor projects have largely been met with approval, and which rarely experiences denial of a project.
One such center is CMB Regional Centers, LLC, a grouping of EB-5 regional centers that have locations both in San Diego and throughout many other states in the nation. As of this writing CMB has acquired 3,073 EB-5 investors, who have collectively helped to create over 110,000 jobs altogether.
Look for a Skilled Team of Investors in the Regional Center
Understand that once you place your investment with the team at the regional center, it is up to them to ensure that it is used efficiently and effectively. As such, it is important that you seek an EB-5 regional center that has a competent set of team members that will be managing the funds you provide. Viewing the management team’s previous success will help you gauge whether or not you should expect positive returns in the future.
Examine the Projects
Instead of simply leaving your money at the hands of an investment team within a regional center, as a potential EB-5 investor you should remain diligent by examining the specifics of the project that is intended to indirectly create jobs, thus leading to your acquisition of a visa. After examination of a number of regional centers you may find that the projects are sound; or, on the other hand, you may uncover specifics that make you question the future of your investment. Look carefully at the purpose of your money before parting with any funds.
Do You Have Questions? Contact Us Today
Of course, there are many other factors that should be considered before choosing an EB-5 regional center, all of which can be deciphered with the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. As such, we ask you to contact us today at Feldman, Feldman & Associates, P.C. for immigration help. Our team of San Diego immigration lawyers understands the specifics of immigrant investing, and we are prepared to help you in any way that we can.