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How are referral fees handled in EB-5 cases?

Can realtors, marketing agents or third party referral sources of EB-5 investors be compensated? If so, what is the way to pay referral fees?

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Referral fees are governed by SEC regulations. An experienced SEC attorney would answer your concern best.

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    Mahsa Aliaskari

    Immigration Attorney
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    SEC regulations control much of this, you should speak with a corporate securities attorneys regarding when a broker/dealer license is required.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    Referral fees are routinely paid. However, one has to be careful that they do not run afoul of the SEC rules. Several different structures have been used to compensate brokers, contact an experienced attorney before entering into any such arrangements.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    SEC regulations govern the payment of such fees, which typically cannot be paid in the U.S. unless the person is a registered/licensed financial broker. You should consult with an attorney experienced in SEC regulations if you have specific questions or issues related to the payment of referral fees.

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    John Roth

    Immigration Attorney
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    If the 3rd party referral source is operating in whole or in part in the U.S., the referring party may not receive a referral fee (regardless of what it is called) unless they are an SEC licensed broker-dealer. I should say that there are still a few commentators on this question who maintain that there might still be a "finder''s exception" to the broker registration rule, based on some SEC no-action letters and on a decision by a federal district judge last year (SEC v. Kramer), it''s clear that the SEC continues to maintain that "transaction-based compensation" is enough to implicate broker activity and require SEC licensing. In any event, you should certainly consult with a securities attorney before considering any such activity.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I understand that all Regional Centers pay a "finder''s fee" or commission to brokers who introduce investors after those investors receive I-526 approvals.

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    Philip H Teplen

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends. The trend is to require all to be done through a registered Broker/Dealer.

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    Michael A Harris

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should speak with a qualified Securities Attorney. More scrutiny is being given to payment of referral fees to U.S. persons who are not licensed broker dealers under U.S. securities laws.

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    Mark Ivener

    Immigration Attorney
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    Referral fees can only be paid in the U.S. to licensed broker dealers.

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