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What are some essential criteria to evaluate regional centers?

How do I find a good regional center? There are so many of them in the market. What are some of the essential criteria I need to look at when choosing one for my investment?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should hire an EB-5 financial due-diligence company. There are many of them to give you a few reports and evaluations on some prospective regional centers for your investment. Then you can make an informed decision.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should consider whether the regional center has completed many projects and whether their EB-5 investors obtained U.S. permanent residence status.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Essential criteria may include I-526/I-829 record of approvals, repayment of EB-5 capital in past projects, experience of management of the regional center, experience and track record of developers/partners involved in projects, etc. A licensed broker-dealer may recommend projects to you and assess financial risks aside from immigration risks.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    The investor should do a thorough vetting of the regional center and its project performances including their history, success rates, filing track record, experience, etc., as well as their financials.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Remember there are different types of Regional Center. There are Regional Centers that market third-party projects and there are Regional Centers that market their own projects. The first and most important aspect is to evaluate the project developer itself. You could have a good Regional Center that is very experienced in marketing, but what is even more important is the project. The best way to evaluate a project is the reputation of the developer. How many years have they been in business? Do they have a record of success? Do they have a record of completing their projects on time and pay off their investors as promised? You would also want to know if the project has had the EB-5 I-526 petitions of other EB-5 investors approved. If the project has prior I-526 approvals, that would give one a higher degree of confidence that their EB-5 Petition on Form I-526 would also be approved since it will be based upon the very same project.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    One approach is to look at: 1) I-526 track record; 2) I-829 track record; 3) record of repaid investments; 4) degree of self-dealing; 5) professional involved; 6) management experience in assets management; 7) typical developer partners and criteria regional center uses for selecting partners; 8) speak with past EB5 investors. Of course, even great regional centers can sponsor less than great projects so you have to do due diligence on projects as well.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    Only a registered broker-dealer can recommend a project to you. I would also suggest a book that is available: The EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You need to decide whether immigration safety is most important. If yes, look at their immigration track record of I-526 and I-829 or high rate of return with more risk. There are brokers that can help you evaluate the financial aspects of the projects.

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