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EB-5 REAUTHORIZATION – RULES & REGULATIONS

The much-awaited reauthorization of the EB-5 program was signed into law on March 15, 2022! The new EB-5 legislation ensures that the Regional Center program will be extended through September 30, 2027. Details of the New Legislation:  Investment Amounts:  Under the new legislation, the investment…

How Many Investors are there in this Project?

Question #4 – How many jobs will be created and what is the maximum number of EB-5 investors for this project? When looking at an EB-5 project, it is important to understand how many jobs the overall project is projected to create and what will…

EB-5 RETROGRESSION

What does “Retrogression” mean? There are a specific number of EB-5 visas allocated to each country per year.  Once the EB-5 visas for a country are used up, the remaining investors must wait for the following year to convert their I-526 approvals into green cards. …

WHEN IS MY MONEY USED?

Question #3 – When is my money used? It is important to understand when the regional center uses your money and deploys it into the project. While not true in every case, it can be reliably stated that the further along the developer is with…

260 Kent in the News – Officially the Tallest Tower in Williamsburg!

Williamsburg’s tallest tower tops out at Domino Sugar Factory development

WHY IS THE DEVELOPER USING EB-5 IN THIS PROJECT?

Question #2: Why is the developer using EB-5 in this project? This is always an important question to ask when investigating potential EB-5 investments.  One should understand whether the developer has used EB-5 in the past or is this a new capital source for the…

DEVELOPER EQUITY IN AN EB-5 PROJECT

Question #1 – Has the Developer invested meaningful equity of its own in the project? When comparing EB-5 projects, potential investors should look at the amount of equity that the developer has invested in the project.  In most cases, the developer’s equity is returned when…

BANKS IN THE EB-5 CAPITAL STACK

What is the benefit of having a bank in the capital stack? Before a bank approves a loan for a project they have to conduct due diligence to ensure that the project meets the bank’s credit standards.  During this process, they will explore every aspect…

Job Creation as it Relates to EB-5

We often refer to the “capital stack” when we discuss the different sources of money needed to fund a project. Sources can include common equity, preferred equity, senior debt and mezzanine debt among others.  When discussing an EB-5 project’s capital stack, it is important to…

What Capital Position is Right for You? – Part III 

Part 3 – Why we choose to make Preferred Equity Investments[1] This post will detail important factors to considers before investing with a Regional Center that will be placing your money in either the debt or Preferred Equity positions with the EB-5 Intermediary Company for…

“What Capital Position Is Right For You?” – Part II

PART 2 – DEFINING THE “LOAN MODEL” VERSUS “EQUITY MODEL”[1] This post outlines considerations for the two major segments of a capital stack for a real estate project that will include EB-5 as a funding source: Debt– Either the Senior Loan or Mezzanine Loan position,…

“What Capital Position Is Right For You?” Part I

PART 1 – AN ILLUSTRATIVE CASE STUDY IN CAPITAL STACK POSITION[1] Your position in the capital stack does matter. Like any investment, when considering an EB-5 opportunity, how you invest your money (capital position) is equally as important as where you invest your money (project-level risk).  As an…

Failed EB-5; 5 Risks and How to Protect Yourself

RISK – every investment and business venture has it, but when it comes to an EB-5 investment, savvy investors and their advisors must learn how to protect themselves and their clients from EB-5 risks that can be avoided. In EB-5, virtually all projects offer the…

The Job-Market side to EB-5 – how EB-5 is successfully stimulating the US economy

The EB-5 Investment Immigration program has been targeted in the press recently and portrayed as a way for rich Chinese to “buy” American citizenship. But a true analysis of this program demonstrates the more accurate, positive impact that EB-5 has had on the US economy…

EB-5 Experts Weigh In On New Legislation

Lawmakers May Not Spend Political Capital on Stand-Alone EB-5 Bill BY DOUGLAS HAUER, ALEXANDER HECHT AND NEAL MARTIN

Does a Project Have EB-5 Potential?

By: Dan Shields, President, AscendAmerica As the owner of a USCIS-approved Regional Center, you’d be surprised to hear me say that EB-5 may not work for you, and sometimes, it’s just not worth the investment.  But while EB-5 is a great avenue to finance many…

EB-5 and the Developer’s Bottom Line

by Dan Shields, President AscendAmerica The EB-5 program has provoked significant scrutiny of late. The media has described the program as the sale of green cards to rich Chinese nationals who are lured by the attractiveness of permanent residency in the U.S. to invest in…

Avantages du Programme EB-5

En 1990, le Congrès américain a mis en place le Programme des immigrants investisseurs EB-5 comme une mesure destinée à stimuler l’économie américaine à travers la création d’emplois. Ce programme permet aux ressortissants étrangers d’obtenir un titre de séjour permanent valable aux États-Unis – dans…

The EB-5 Program

Immigrating to the United States:  The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program The United States Congress established the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program in 1990 as a measure to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation. This program allows foreign nationals to obtain Lawful Permanent Residence in the…

Dan Shields on IFeng

AscendAmerica CEO, Dan Shields discussing our opportunities in America on China’s IFeng.com  

Strategic Partners

AscendAmerica chooses to partner with people and companies that closely reflect our own values and beliefs. Accordingly, we are proud to say that our Strategic Partners are “Best in Class” who consistently demonstrate their commitment to integrity, community responsibility, legal compliance, ethics and honesty in all…

Leadership

With an advisory board comprised of international leaders in real estate development and management, finance, law immigration, credit, regulatory compliance and lending, AscendAmerica is founded on the principles of steadfast compliance and unwavering integrity with a critical focus on job creation.