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What can I do to properly evaluate the success of my EB-5 project?

I am an investor who wants to ensure the EB-5 project I am interested in can succeed. What can I do to evaluate the project? Are there any professionals I should seek out to help me?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you need to locate a due diligence specialist that carefully reviews projects for risk.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is very difficult to find an independent third party to evaluate your project, particularly from a business point of view. An attorney with significant experience in representing EB-5 investors and projects could evaluate how secure the proposed investment is from a legal point of view, but not necessarily from a risk point of view. Given the paucity of professional financial advisors who focus on EB-5 projects, the best way to do this would be to make sure you invest with an experienced developer who has had a history of success in developing his or her projects and returning investor funds.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Please note that EB-5 investment is like any other investment/securities project, where your funds will be put at risk. Therefore, you should consult with a licensed investment broker who could evaluate your investment options. In addition, because EB-5 investment also has an immigration component that is dependent on the number of jobs the project is expected to create per investor, your investment advisor also should have EB-5 experience. That way, the advisor could objectively look at the jobs number and the economics report of that project. There are EB-5 due diligence companies and investment advisors who could help you. You should try to avoid only relying on the migration agents or other professionals who represent regional centers/projects.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are some due diligence companies that can verify the background of the project. A good EB-5 immigration attorney will help verify that you are protected on the legal side of things. I also recommend using an independent financial analyst to evaluate the financial viability of the project.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Doing thorough due diligence on the project history, financing, personnel, etc. is the key to properly vet the EB-5 Project. You can consult with attorneys, having them work with you in conducting due diligence.

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