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How do I provide documentation for a bitcoin-based EB-5 investment?

I bought some bitcoins back in late 2009 that I forgot about until recently. I realize now they are now worth about 2 million dollars. How can I provide the proper documentation to apply for an EB-5 visa?

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    In order to show a source of funds, you would have to show the source of the funds that you used to purchase either all of the bitcoins or a sufficient percentage of the bitcoins that would equal (in U.S. dollars) the amount of your minimum investment.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Show the price you paid and how you got the money to purchase them and show the current value. You should be able to prove the money was lawfully earned fairly easily.

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    Jon Eric Garde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You must consider how you will prove the creation of ten jobs in the US economy. I do not see how you can do this.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I would convert them to dollars and then invest.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    No official policy or guidelines have been issued regarding this, however, recent statements from the head of Immigrant Investor Visa Program Office suggest that the investors may indeed be able to invest using bitcoin for EB-5 purposes. Thorough documentation may be the key here.

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    Mitch Wexler

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Just like any other appreciated asset. You must document the source of the funds used to make the bitcoin purchase, evidence if the purchase, evidence of the appreciation in value, evidence if the sale resulting in the $2 million.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    My advice is don't even try it.

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