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How can I obtain an EB-5 visa for my son through a regional center?

I am staying in India and my son is in the United States. I want to apply for the EB-5 visa for my son by investing $5 million in a regional center. Is it enough that I deposit the amount with the regional center and they will handle the visa process for him? How can my son obtain the EB-5 green card through a regional center?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your son will actually need to be the investor, so you may need to gift funds to him. Retain an immigration attorney to assist with the proper petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Also, please note that additional investments beyond the required amount do not make a petition more likely to be approved. The minimum is enough.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can use a regional center to do the complete process, but I would engage the services of an immigration attorney familiar with EB-5 to perform "due diligence" on any regional centers you select. The investment amount need only be $500,000 or $1 million depending on the location of the job creating entity.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can make a gift of the funds to your son and he can apply for EB-5 status. It would be best for your son to have an experienced EB-5 immigration lawyer to assist with the project. The regional centers do not provide lawyers for their investors. It would be a huge conflict of interest if they did provide lawyers.

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    Ian E Scott

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Currently, you could gift your son $500,000 and he could invest it in a regional center. The funds must be transferred from you to your son's bank account and from your son's bank account to the regional center. The regional center will usually keep the funds in escrow until the first I-526 has been approved.

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