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What approval are EB-5 regional center projects required to have?

I am looking into the EB-5 regional center investment option. Are the specific projects that the regional centers oversee required to have approval for the EB-5 program? If so, how can I find out if a specific project has been approved? Can I rely on the information provided by the regional center?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should inquire if a project has an exemplar approved or other individual I-526s approved. Pre-approval is not required, but it will definitely help you make a decision about investing in a pre-approved project.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Project pre-approval is not a requirement for the individual investor's petition, but many investors will prefer the project being approved first. Project pre-approval can come as a result of the regional center's request or through previously approved investor petitions. Either type of approval would be given deference by USCIS for future immigrant investor petitions.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    Some projects are submitted to USCIS as "exemplars"; the regional center submits all the required documentation and then waits for approval of the project by USCIS. Once approved, the project then markets itself as an "approved project". The regional center will have a letter from USCIS. Make sure you are provided with a copy before you go any further with your investment.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Projects can get exemplar approvals for projects and that is very helpful in most cases.

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