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How do I file a complaint against a Regional Center?

What is the process for filing a complaint against a Regional Center for fraud? I am a project sponsor who paid a non-refundable deposit to a firm representing itself as an established Regional Center. The Regional Center I wish to file a complaint against is the parent of the firm we paid, but wasn''t an approved center at the time of payment either. Also, how do I access the date on which a Center was approved? The USCIS website does not list that information, and my email inquiries to them have been rejected.

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Litigation can be a costly affair, I would suggest a consult with a litigator in your jurisdiction for case analysis and estimation of costs to litigate. A list of all accredited regional centers is available on the USCIS website.

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
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    All approved centers are listed on the USCIS website. Normally you can file a lawsuit (complaint) in a common pleas court or a federal district court covering the location of this company. You need a lawyer for that.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should contact a litigation attorney in your jurisdiction to discuss your specific situation. It may be quite costly to file a lawsuit and having a preliminary case assessment with a litigation attorney is advisable.

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    Mona Shah

    Immigration Attorney
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    Apart from remedies at common law, you may also consider an enforcement action with the SEC. You should contact a competent attorney specializing in EB-5 to guide you in what might be the best remedy in your facts. Due diligence is extremely important in all investment decisions.

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    Philip H Teplen

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You are suggesting Securities fraud and you will need counsel. Please call us.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    Unfortunately, at this time there are no formal procedures to file a complaint. I would start by writing to the USCIS and the SEC Enforcement division.

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    Rachel Lew

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I don''t know how much non-refundable deposit you gave to the representative firm of the regional center. But before you initiate a lawsuit, you really need to do some cost analysis and determine whether it is worth the fight. If you decide to proceed, and depending on which state you reside or the site of the regional center''s headquarters, you will have to sue in the state Superior Court for Fraud and Deceit and Misrepresentation(Intentional or Negligent) plus any other applicable cause of actions. You will need to find an attorney who practices civil litigation and it is very costly to litigate these types of lawsuits. It can easily cost you over $100,000 in attorney fees and you may not win the case because the elements of fraud cause of action are very difficult to prove and will require your attorney to propound written discovery and conduct depositions of the litigation parties and witnesses. Any evidence of USCIS approval of the regional centers will be demanded from the regional center during the process of discovery after the lawsuit has been filed.

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