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How can we prove EB-5 jobs created in two locations?

We have a project that is accepting an investment from a foreign investor who is applying for an EB-5 visa. We will be creating 10 new jobs, but they are split between locations in two states. We would like to create a sub-entity to manage one set of employees in one state and have the parent company manage the other set. Is it a problem to show proof of employment from two different EINs if we can show that the sub-entity is wholly owned by the parent company? Does this company structure/info have to be in the business plan?

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    Xiaosheng Huang

    Immigration Attorney
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    It should be OK. You need to describe the structure in the business plan.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS has considered portfolio concepts, but approval of such concepts would require both companies in that portfolio to be fully formed actual projects.

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    James Yang

    Immigration Attorney
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    The structure should have the parent owning 100 percent of the subsidiary. That way, jobs created from both EINs may be credited to the EB-5 investor who has invested into the parent.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
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    The company structure MUST absolutely be in the business plan. In this way, USCIS may evaluate whether or not this split structure complies with their understanding of the EB-5 requirements.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you need it in the business plan to make sure USCIS will accept it. It looks problematic if there is a regional center involvement, as it is in two different areas.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your question raises a number of complexities, but basically this will be difficult to do. First of all, if you are using a regional center, the regional center would have to have jurisdiction over the project location. Secondly, if it is at the $500,000 level, the jobs must all be within a TEA. Finally, the investment must be made in the same entity rather than two separate entities. You need to consult with immigration counsel that has significant experience in setting up EB-5 regional centers/projects.

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