I-956 Application Summary
As the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 repealed the Regional Center Program, previously designated regional centers must now reapply by filing Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation.
USCIS has published two forms for the designation of EB-5 regional centers: Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation, and Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program.
As of May 14, 2022 all entities that seek to be designated as a regional center are required to file these forms. USCIS will no longer accept filings of Form I-924 and Form I-924A.
What is the I-956 Application?
Form I-956 is used to request USCIS designation as a regional center or an amendment to an approved regional center.
The filing fee for the I-956 application is $17,795. Each person involved with the regional center must also submit Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program. Applicants must attach their Form I-956H to the Form I-956. Each form must be accompanied by a separate biometric services fee of $85. As of May 2022, there is no timeframe published for adjudication.
In order to demonstrate that you are eligible for regional center designation, you may need to submit evidence along with your Form I-956. The following points are generally required from the applicant:
- The particular geographic location of the regional center, demonstrated by a map or illustration
- The estimated economic impact of the regional center on its geographic area
- Policies and procedures in place to monitor new commercial enterprises and job-creating entities
- Evidence of EB-5 program compliance
- Information about all individuals involved with the regional center (Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program)
What is Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program?
Form I-956H is a supplement to I-956. It must be submitted by each person associated with a regional center, new commercial enterprise or affiliated job-creating entity. There is no separate filing fee for Form I-956H. A copy of the front and back of the applicant’s Permanent Resident Card is required as initial evidence if the applicant is a lawful permanent resident.
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