When considering the EB-5 Program as an immigration option, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of the EB-5 Regional Center Designation. Time commitment, cost and marketing are all important aspects to consider, as well as others outlined below.

Pros of EB-5 Regional Center Designation Cons of EB-5 Regional Center Designation
  • Developers can count indirect and induced employment opportunities, and not just direct jobs, in meeting the ten jobs per investor requirement.
  • Expensive- regional center designation can cost upwards of $200,000
  • Access to low-interest, alternative financing
  • USCIS processing times can be lengthy and unpredictable
  • Project pre-approval by USCIS is available
  • Ongoing USCIS compliance requirements
  • Once designated, the regional center can reuse the designation over and over again.  Subsequent projects can raise funds as soon as investors are identified, subscribe to the project and file their EB-5 petitions with USCIS.

  • Limited investor involvement in project deal
  • Competition from other regional centers for investors
  • Ability to adopt outside projects for a fee
  • Ongoing administration of regional center requires dedicated staff and resources(filing of Form D with SEC, monitoring investor filings, monitoring job creation, etc…)
  • Develops awareness of the company overseas
  • The regional center pilot program is set to sunset on September 30th of 2015, absent Congressional action.  (Although, we expect that it will be renewed).
  • Creates U.S. jobs thereby bolstering public image
  • Success in an EB-5 raise depends on ability to effectively market to new foreign investors
  • Regional center designation provides an aura of government endorsement which is useful in marketing abroad