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What are the EB-5 source of funds requirements for domestic capital?

In a direct EB-5 context, if an entity has both EB-5 investors AND domestic (U.S.) investors, what are the source of funds requirements for the capital from U.S. persons? Do the investment funds from the U.S. investors have to be sourced?

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The I-526 petitions are filed by foreign nationals and their source of funds have to be authenticated and the corresponding documents are filed with the I-526 petition. Of course, the U.S. citizens who have invested in the U.S. business do not have to show documents authenticating the source of their investment funds, but their source should be from lawful sources.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    There are no requirements for domestic (non-EB-5) capital as long as non-EB-5 funding is otherwise legitimate and available for the project.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no requirement to document the lawful source of funds from non-EB-5 investors. The USCIS will want to see evidence that the additional non-EB-5 funding is available and likely to materialize because it wants to make sure the overall project is viable. Typically, the non-EB-5 capital is from a bank or other financial institution where it is clear that the funds are legitimate. There could be a situation, however, where USCIS might request additional evidence if the additional funding is coming from a less traditional source and it is not clear if/when or how that capital will be available to the project.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS has no interest in the source of funds from U.S citizens. That is not to say that the SEC may take an interest, but USCIS is only concerned with foreign sources of funds.

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    Denyse Sabagh

    Immigration Attorney
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    Typically, the Immigration Service requests evidence of legal source of capital from the foreign investor. However, if the Immigration Service has concerns about the investment and the project, it could ask for additional information.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    EB-5 does not apply to U.S. investors as this is an immigration benefits program. If you mean, a foreign person who is currently residing in the United States and not a person who already has a permanent residency or U.S. citizenship, then the Source of Funds tracking would be the same - income verified by tax returns, assets that could be proven to be purchased/acquired with legitimate income or gift, etc.

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    Rachel Lew

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no capital source of fund requirement for domestic U.S. investors.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    All funds must be shown to be derived from a lawful source whether foreign or domestic.

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    Ian E Scott

    Immigration Attorney
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    The source of funds only has to do with the source of funds from the investor who is getting the green card.

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    Robert Lee

    Immigration Attorney
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    Technically they could ask, but they generally only focus on the foreign investor.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    No they do not.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS will want to know some details about non-EB-5 capital, but not nearly to the same degree as for the EB-5 investors. If you received other loans or equity, a description of those sources and a loan agreement (for example) may be helpful.

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