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What if two regional centers use the same project?

I applied for my regional center in June 2013. USCIS estimated the approval time at 9-13 months. So, I leased a different Regional Center for the project that I filed my I-526 petition with. My own regional center is using the same project, so my question is, can two different regional centers use the same project and will I have any issues at 829 stage if I use my own regional center but the same project?

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Two regional centers using the same project could cause problems. The main problem is that jobs cannot be counted twice towards a petitioner''s I-526 petition.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    You will probably not be able to count the jobs twice, so once you start using the project with one RC, you'll have to stick with that RC for all filings.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
    Answered on

    I am unclear as to your facts. If the same concept is being used, then yes, but if you are using one project for two RCs, then you are going to run into issues.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I think it will depend upon the individual facts and circumstances of the case. If your I-526 petition has been approved and all relevant facts and evidence were provided to the USCIS, I would think that you are entitled to rely on that approval and if you can show substantial compliance in your I-829 filing (you sustained your investment and indirectly created the jobs), then your I-829 should be approved. You should consult with an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney to advise you in this matters.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    First, you need to seek the advice of an experienced EB-5 attorney. Second, I would suggest that you use the same regional center at both the I-526 and I-829 stages.

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    Minjie Xu

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Simply put, it is feasible. Maybe the way to structure this is to divide a project into different phases. And each regional, acting like a EB-5 "supervisor", oversee a specific phase of the project. Thus, it won't be confusing or misleading.

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