Jinhee WildeImmigration Attorney
This is becoming more important in recent years as older regional center projects are reaching maturity with I-829 approvals in hand. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple one as it all depends on which regional center and how they have structured the EB-5 project: equity-based or loan-based. If you are invested in an equity-based project, then you are one of the owners and it may be difficult to get your investment out after, say five or six years. If you are in a loan-based one, the argument could be made that it will be easier to get your money back, but it also depends on how that loan was structured to trigger a return and how it was collateralized. Thus, it is very important for you to ask a lot of questions to find out. As the saying goes, "the devil''s in the detail."