In 1993, Congress created an alternative to the “direct” investment program whereby immigrants may invest $500,000 or more in USCIS-designated “regional centers.”

In this program, a financier or developer makes a proposal to the USCIS. If the USCIS finds it will benefit the regional economy and shows potential for providing significant employment, the project will be designated a regional center. USCIS approval allows the financier or developer to create a limited partnership, limited liability company, or corporation in which the EB-5 investor invests and may apply for green cards.

Investors in a regional center do not have to have day-to-day management responsibility or prove the business directly employs 10 people. Instead, they may rely on economic input/output models. We can provide you with information about specific regional center investments so that due diligence analyses may be performed.