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Do I have to work with a regional center to raise EB-5 funds for my business?

I want to raise EB-5 funds for my business. What role does an EB-5 broker-dealer play in the fundraising process? Can I enlist the services of a broker-dealer to raise funds for an offering without a regional center participating in the process?

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    You need a consultation appointment with an immigration attorney who is experienced with EB-5 matters and who can explain the EB-5 process and options for raising capital from EB-5 funds.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, you do not have to work with a regional center, but it is highly favorable if you can. However, in order to successfully petition for a business that is EB-5 financed, you will need to prepare a very good business plan. In addition, you will need to demonstrate that you will abide by EB-5 requirements. Advisably, contact an EB-5 attorney and allied professionals to put your plan together before proceeding.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    A regional center is critical to the process of indirect job creation. The direct program has attracted only about 5% of EB-5 investors, so if you want to be successful, you might want to concentrate on the regional center program and therefore need to have a regional center involved.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Not necessarily, but if you cannot cover the number of investors with direct jobs, then a regional center can allow you to calculate indirect employment creation.

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    Blake Harrison

    Immigration Attorney
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    You do not have to work with a regional center to use EB-5 capital. However, under a direct investment you are not able to count indirect jobs such as construction workers toward the employment creation requirement. You will want to work with a team of EB-5 professionals to assist with this complex area of law.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    There are two methods for the EB-5 fundraising. One is the direct investment route and the other is the regional center pooled investment route. If you plan to raise funds from a pool of investors, you will most likely need to go through a regional center. The job-creation requirements are also more onerous in the direct investment route. Only direct jobs are counted. In the regional center program, the investor fulfills his/her job-creation requirement through projections of jobs created indirectly as well. The broker-dealer will make sure that you will comply with all the rules and regulations of EB-5 fundraising. At the same time, they can coordinate the investor sourcing aspect. The role of the broker-dealer and the regional center are complementary. I suppose you could work solely with a broker-dealer if you decide to go through the direct investment route.

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    Mark AM Catam, Esq

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, it is possible. You dont necessarily need a regional center to raise funds. The project would be a direct EB-5.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    It's always advisable when you're raising any significant EB-5 funds to work, if at all possible, through a broker-dealer in order to comply with U.S. securities laws. Yes, you may enlist the services of a broker-dealer without necessarily utilizing a regional center. The advantages of a regional center, primarily, will be in marketing and most importantly, in order to create a count in direct and induced jobs.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you may do a direct project EB-5 without involving a regional center at all. The EB-5 broker is your personal choice.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
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    That depends on the business, the number of investors, the amount of the investment and the business plan of the business. You can seek the help of brokers to help you raise the funds but each investor must still meet certain requirements, as per the EB-5.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most regional centers have their very own projects for which they seek funding. It is sometimes possible to join your project as part of their project line.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, you do not have to work with a regional center to raise EB-5 funds/investors for your business. You can structure it as a direct investment if you have enough bandwith to create the requisite minimum 10 jobs per investor.

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