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How can a franchisee meet EB-5 visa requirements?

I recently bought into a franchise and was looking to expand within the company by buying and/or developing additional locations. I have come across a deal to buy two additional franchise locations. Am I eligible to apply for an EB-5 visa as a franchisee? Can I use two separate locations to meet the EB-5 investment requirement, and would they be considered new businesses?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Franchises have become popular in the EB-5 context in recent years. Working with an EB-5 lawyer will help you with the proper legal and financial structures of a franchise-based EB-5 investment.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    An experienced EB-5 immigration attorney will be able to assist you. A franchise business with several locations may qualify for an EB-5 project, whether it is a direct or EB-5 regional center project.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Separate locations are acceptable for EB-5 direct investment as long as they are within the same holding company and you otherwise qualify for EB-5. Franchise businesses also qualify. You will need to consult an EB-5 immigration attorney to review your options.

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    Charles H Kuck

    Immigration Attorney
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    So long as they are part of the same commercial enterprise (holding company), and you meet the investment and job creation requirements, such an investment should work for the EB-5 program. You should set up a detailed consultation with an experienced EB-5 immigration lawyer to ascertain your options.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    Franchises are acceptable investment vehicles. The two locations should be OK unless your investment is based on a TEA ($500,000), then you would need to be careful that both locations were in high unemployment areas that have been designated by the state.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is absolutely possible to use EB-5 for franchise operations - many of the direct EB-5 cases are franchisees. Location is an important issue, but corporate structure is also, so you need to have a knowledgeable specialist advise you.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, a franchise can serve as the business for EB-5 if it meets the employment requirements as well as the minimum investment. I recommend you immediately consult with an investment immigration attorney to move your application forward.

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