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Where can an EB-5 regional center sponsor projects?

I have a question about EB-5 regional center geographic considerations. I know that regional center authority is limited by location: a regional center whose physical territory excludes the site of the particular proposed EB-5 project cannot sponsor that project. Does this apply to contiguous states as well? For example, if a regional center is authorized to sponsor projects in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, can they sponsor projects in contiguous states like Ohio or Virginia?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Best practices dictate that the regional center obtain an amendment to its USCIS regional center designation. The regional center can submit a business plan and economic impact study covering the new geographic areas.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You are correct that your project must be sponsored by an EB-5 regional center with a footprint or geographic area approved by USCIS that covers the location of the premises of your job creating EB-5 project. One could simply find a regional center that already covers your geographic location or, if a better choice, you could find a regional center that has a geographic footprint adjacent to your state, jurisdiction or geographic area - and if the regional center chose to sponsor your EB-5 project, it could without having to file an amendment to its EB-5 regional center to include the geographic area in which your project is located.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    They can sponsor in contiguous counties. To sponsor in a contiguous state, they have to argue that location will have an economic impact in terms of jobs in the approved regional center. Possible, but not easy.

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