WHAT IS A REGIONAL CENTER?
EB-5 Regional Centers were created to identify projects and provide EB-5 visa applicants with investment opportunities that fulfill all USCIS requirements and create the required jobs in order to secure visas for the EB-5 investors.
The organizers of a Regional Center must apply for and be granted “Regional Center” designation from the USCIS. AscendAmerica is a USCIS designated Regional Center.
ADVANTAGES OF THE REGIONAL CENTER PROGRAM
The Regional Center Program carries considerable advantages for investors over the Basic Program (also known as Direct EB-5).
Direct EB-5 requires foreign nationals to invest in a project over which they exert managerial control, while in the Regional Center context, investments are passive and do not require the investor to manage their investment or the company on a day-to-day basis.
Additionally, jobs created both directly and indirectly as a result of a Regional Center project may be counted towards the job creation quota, while with the Basic Program, only jobs created directly by the investment may be counted.
Because of these inherent advantages over 90% of EB-5 investments are made through Regional Centers.
HOW THE REGIONAL CENTER WORKS
Foreign nationals invest in a Limited Partnership created by the Regional Center operator and maintain all the rights generally accorded to limited partners. The Limited Partnership then invests in a job-creating project. All direct employees of the project as well as employment indirectly created or induced by the investment apply toward the job creation requirement.
Example: Regional Center-Sponsored Investment in the Construction of a Hotel