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Who receives the EB-5 investment funds?

When a foreign investor invests $500,000 for an EB-5 visa, where does this money go? Who gets to keep it?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    You will be investing the $500,000 in a "new commercial enterprise" which is a company that will either use the money itself to build/operate something, or will loan that money to a "job creating entity" who will be doing the building/operating. Working with an immigration lawyer will help you with understanding the entire process.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    The EB-5 investment has to be made at risk into a new commercial enterprise. There are circumstances and legal requirements that allow an exit, and money may come back to you.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on whether you plan a direct EB-5 investment in a commercial business in the United States or a regional center project investment in the United States. If direct, moneys go directly to a new commercial enterprise for job creation purposes. If through a regional center project, moneys go to an escrow account of the project and then are disbursed for job creation purposes.

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    Peter Zhang

    Immigration Attorney
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    It generally goes to an escrow account designated by the regional center, and then released to the project company upon the filing or approval of the I-526.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    The investment funds are transferred into the EB-5 regional center's particular project in which you have invested, and then the funds are spent according to the details provided in the private placement memorandum and other documents that would be provided to you as an EB-5 investor in a particular project.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    It should go to the project that creates the jobs. However, many times it is held in an escrow account in your name until certain conditions are met; for example,until you receive confirmation that your application has been accepted.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    Assuming you are investing through a regional center, the money goes to the regional center for keeping and investment in accordance with the terms of agreement with the regional center. The money will be invested on a particular project as specified in the agreement.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    It ultimately goes to the job creating project.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends if it is a direct investment or through a regional center. Also, the $500,000 amount is for Targeted Employment or rural areas. Typically, the funds are held in escrow pending the EB-5 petition approval.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your EB-5 investment ultimately should be deployed to the Job Creating Entity (JCE) to create the requisite number of jobs promised in the I-526 petition. Depending on how you made the EB-5 investment, this JCE could be a business or a project and your money also could have gone directly to the JCE if it was a direct investment, or through a regional center and New Commercial Enterprise (NCE) that regional center established before ending up at the JCE.

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