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What types of businesses can obtain EB-5 funding?

I am part of a small business looking to obtain funding. Are there any requirements for companies seeking EB-5 investment? Are there certain forms or applications that need to be filled out? What does the process look like for becoming associated with a regional center?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Any for-profit entity can become eligible as an EB-5 project. Structuring the project and the investment offering for EB-5 purposes requires experienced EB-5 professionals, including EB-5 attorneys, business plan writers and economists. Affiliating with an existing regional center is also something that can be greatly helped by an EB-5 attorney who understands what is required and the market for EB-5 projects.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no special requirement for companies seeking EB-5 investment. Each business drafts its own limited partnership agreement, which it expects investors to take or accept as-is most of the time. Under certain circumstances, business may negotiate with investors if necessary. There are no forms or applications to establish the relationship; however, as a business accepting EB-5 investment, you have to sponsor the investors for the green card by filing their I-526s. To associate with a regional center directly, consult the regional center you like. Advisably, contact an EB-5 attorney for further analysis of your plan or questions.

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    Richard A Gump, Jr

    Immigration Attorney
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    Any business - size, nature, location - can qualify for the EB-5 program. Your questions regarding the forms and process require lengthy and complex discussion. I recommend that you pay for an hour of a qualified immigration attorney's time to review the EB-5 program, its requirements, etc.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    EB-5 funding can be obtained for any type of business. There are many requirements and decisions to make prior to obtaining EB-5 funding. For capital raises in the range of several million dollars or more, it may be possible to do so as a direct investment. However, for larger capital raises, there are many advantages of either organizing your own regional center or working with an existing regional center to determine the feasibility of obtaining EB-5 funding. To work with a regional center you must find one that has an approval to cover both your general business area and your geographical area as well. Talking to one or more of these regional centers can provide you with a better understanding of their requirements.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    It must be a for-profit business; you file the forms with USCIS either as a direct investment showing how each investment would create the 10 new jobs. There are regional centers that you may associate with in order to count indirect employment for the requisite job creation.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The key is to create new jobs. Think of this as a job creation program. The investment must create direct jobs, or if in a regional center, indirect jobs.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    These questions are excellent as the EB-5 program is a great way to fund certain projects. If you are a business seeking funding for a new project/new business, it may be best to link up with a regional center. Contact an immigration attorney to discuss further as the response will vary on many different facts and factors.

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