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What is the minimum age to apply for EB-5?

Can a 16-year-old apply for the EB-5 program? I am from Vietnam and I do not want my child to age out.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    A 16-year old should be fine to be a primary applicant. With regards to the aging out issue, the moment a petition is filed, the age of the designated child will be frozen until the petition is approved under the law, the CSPA. Consult an EB-5 attorney for appropriate planning.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    If the project documents are done correctly under UTMA, a 16-year-old can be the principal. Again, the documents must be done correctly, and if your son re-confirms the subscription agreement at 18, you should be fine.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
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    Check with the project to see what their minimum subscription age is. Usually they'll allow minors to subscribe through the UTMA (or equivalent), but best to see if they will allow it first.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    A 16-year-old may qualify to be a principal EB-5 investor if properly structured under applicable U.S. state law. Hire an experienced EB-5 attorney to consult you and competently prepare I-526 petition.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    I don't know the rule offhand, but there is guidance on this.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no minimum age. I believe you can qualify. You will be older when the case is approved.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    In order to enter a binding agreement/contract you need be at least 18 years old; however, for EB-5 processing you can have a guardian/parent sign/enter into agreement for that purpose.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no statutory minimum age; each regional center will have its own policy with regards to minimum age.

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    Sally Amirghahari

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no minimum age requirement. Most regional centers require the minimum age of 18 for the child. However, if the guardian of the child can sign the paper for capacity purposes, then it should be OK. Also, please note that as long as your child's I-526 petition is filed with the USCIS prior to your child turning 21, then there would be no impact or age-out issue.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    As a person born in Vietnam, if you were to apply today as the main investor with your 16-year-old child as the dependent, it is not clear to me that s/he will age out for sure. You are correct, though, that you would be taking some risk. As you must know, when you apply for the EB-5 and file the I-526 petition, your child's age is frozen. Depending on how long it will take for your I-526 petition to be approved, your child may or may not age out. Once your I-526 petition is approved, your child's age would be unfrozen at that moment. Due to your child's current age of 16, if your priority date does not become current within roughly five years of your I-526 approval, your child could age out. That said, there are no statutory age requirements for filing the EB-5. However, there are other contract law considerations on a state-by-state basis. As a practical matter, as the sole investor, it might be difficult for your child to be compliant with all the requirements unless s/he is at least 18 years old. I assume you will gift the required funds to your child. You also need to consider security laws that deal with accreditation issues. Finally, if you have decided that your child should apply on his/her own you might want to wait until s/he is 18 to be on the safe side.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    A 16-year-old can be the main applicant in an EB-5 application. You will need to work with a regional center and an investment immigration attorney who is experienced with a minor as an applicant.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
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    I have never applied an EB-5 visa application for a 16-year-old! I think the applicant has to be at least 18 years old.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    In the U.S., 18 is the age that one can enter into a contract (generally). If the goal is to only get your child a green card, can you wait two years?

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, a 16-year old can file an EB-5 petition on Form I-526. Anyone who files individually will not age out. The question is whether or not if you file at this point and your child ages out. That is certainly a possibility. If money is no object, you can file for your family, and your son independently can file his own EB-5 petition to be safe.

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