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How do I apply for a regional center that covers multiple states?

I am inquiring about the processes and steps involved to create an EB5 Regional Center for an area of land that covers multiple states. Is it any different (or easier/more difficult) to choose a state with designated boundaries versus a region that covers multiple states? Is USCIS still accepting proposals for EB5 Regional Centers?

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS is accepting applications for regional center designation. A regional center approval that covers multiple states will require the economist to calculate the job impact within the geographic area. Furthermore, it must show that the project will satisfy all EB-5 requirements.

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Applying for a regional center that covers multiple states is becoming more and more difficult. Yes, USCIS still accepts regional center applications.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    First it is advisable to seek the services and advice of a qualified and experienced EB-5 attorney in the preparation and filing of an EB-5 regional center application. Second, depending on the actual location of the business activities of the new commercial enterprise and job creating entity the regional center may cover geography in more than one state as long as the area consists of contiguous counties.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    USICS is still accepting regional center proposals. It is possible to apply for a regional center designation that covers multiple states. You should consult with an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney for specific legal advice.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is doable but if you want designation as a TEA each state will need to do this and you will need economic studies covering each of the areas.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    USCIS is generally not keen to approve multi-state RCs. In fact there is no "multi-state" RC. A multi-state RC would create numerous issues as such it is not recommended that you proceed down that road. USCIS continues to accept applications for new RCs. We would be happy to discuss any other issues you may want to address.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS is indeed accepting proposals for regional centers. Your regional center application must be supported by hypothetical or actual EB-5 projects in the geographical area and business activities you wish to cover and be involved with. The geographical area could cover multiple states if your project (or projects) can support such a request.

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    Rohit Kapuria

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Quite generally, it will be extremely difficult to get approved for multiple states. You can cover certain contiguous counties that are spread across contiguous states (e.g. certain counties in a Tri-State Metro Area), however, getting designated for entire states is a really high bar. Ultimately, the EB-5 economist will have to calculate the job impact within the geographic region you are requesting and prove that such an impact will in fact be made under the particular project used in the application. The application process is a rather involved and time consuming process; but yes, USCIS is still accepting applications. Not sure I understand your other question re designated boundaries vs. regions. I would be happy to offer you a complimentary consult to further discuss.

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