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What is the biggest risk factor of traditional, labor-intensive EB-5 projects?

In terms of job creation and getting an EB-5 green card, what is the biggest risk factor for traditional, labor-intensive projects, such as a high temperature sterilized milk production line? In the United States, how many jobs can a production line like this create?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Failure to create the minimum 10 full-time (at least 35 hours/week) jobs is the biggest risk factor in a direct EB-5 investment. In order to assess risks for a milk production line, please consult a specialist.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    In a direct EB-5 project, there have to be 10 full-time jobs (by U.S. citizens or permanent residents) for each investor. Operational jobs can satisfy the minimum job creation requirement. If the operational jobs will not be sufficient, then the direct EB-5 job company can rent the regional center designation and then can count indirect jobs to satisfy the job creation requirement.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The biggest risk is you don't create enough jobs for this reason, less than two percent of EB-5 filers last year were direct.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    The biggest risk factor is usually that the required number of jobs will not be provided. Regarding the specific question regarding milk production, you will need to have a preliminary study done by an economic analysis firm.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    That depends on many factors. Risks can vary and risk is actually required by USCIS. The project can fail to meet job creation estimates or fail to be developed entirely.

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