About Scott Wagner
Scott Wagner is a former USCIS economist. From Sept. 2011 to Nov. 2013, he worked with USCIS’ adjudications division for the EB-5 program as a supervisory economist, and led an economic consultant team from ICF International. Over two years, Mr. Wagner and his team designed and evolved components of the EB-5 application evaluation criteria; authored over 1,000 analyses of immigrant investor business plans, economic impact reports, and RFE responses; trained EB-5 adjudicators and other USCIS staff; devised and recommended procedural and policy changes; and developed a comprehensive transition plan for the future of the EB-5 program.
In 2014, Mr. Wagner founded the San Diego, California-based Wagner Consulting Group, for which he currently serves as the principal economist. He and his team at Wagner Consulting Group have: prepared numerous hypothetical business plans and economic reports for I-924 regional center applications; prepared Matter of Ho-compliant business plans and economic reports for various projects, and I-526 and I-829 petitions; advised on numerous RFE and regulatory actions; and obtained TEA designations in more than twenty states. Wagner Consulting Group’s methodologies are directly targeted to the USCIS EB-5 adjudication process, and are designed to be straightforward and transparent.
Mr. Wagner also partners with Regional Centers Holding Group, a high-volume regional center conglomerate. His work experience includes over 10 years at San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, and several economic consulting firms, where he has conducted research and analysis on topics such as the economic impacts of tourism, foreign investment and trade. Mr. Wagner received a Master of Arts in economics from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business from Westmont College. His master’s thesis investigated trends in Chinese foreign direct investment in the early 2000s.