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What responsibilities does a regional center have for its EB-5 investor’s petitions?

What are the differences in submitting the I-526 and I-829 petitions when an investor completes the EB-5 process through a regional center versus a direct project? What responsibilities does a regional center have for its EB-5 investor’s petitions?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Generally, a regional center is responsible for creation of indirect (induced) jobs, providing all necessary documents for both I-526 and I-829 petitions, and monitoring status of each EB-5 investor until they receive their permanent residence/funds. In a direct case, you are responsible for direct job creation, all necessary documentation, and active management of a direct investment.

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
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    The regional center should provide documentation for investors'' petitions and keep monitoring investors'' petition status. If you invest directly, then you will have to prepare documents for your petitions.

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    Michael A Harris

    Immigration Attorney
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    A principal difference for pooled investments is that a regional center will have annual reporting requirements to USCIS each year. Another is that jobs will be created differently (i.e. direct jobs only in a direct investment and/or indirectly/induced in a regional center). Hence, the general partner overseeing the partnership in either pooled EB-5 fund will have an obligation to ensure job creation and proper expenditure of funds at the I-526 and I-829 stages. If you are seeking to invest in your own, personally-controlled business, then you will be personally responsible for maintaining your investment and achieving the job creation goals.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    The responsibilities of the regional center will depend on whether the regional center is the issuer or lender and the project is a different job creating entity. The new commercial enterprise and the job creating entity may be controlled by the project entities which are different than the entities owned and/or controlled by the regional center.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    A regional center should be keeping track of investor petitions (filed, approved, etc.) to be ready for their annual required reporting (Form I-924A). The regional center should also help provide the required information and documentation necessary for filing the I-526 and I-829. For a direct project, the new commercial enterprise and, more likely, the individual investor is responsible for keeping track of these petitions, and there is no reporting requirement.

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