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The EB-5 Rumor Mill - Will the EB-5 Investment Minimum be Increased?

There are rumors circulating in the EB-5 community that the minimum EB-5 investment will increase from $500,000 to $700,000 or even $800,000 for investments that are in a target employment area. The minimum investment amount is currently $1 million for non targeted employment area projects. Rumor has it that this will increase as well.

How would such a change affect the EB-5 environment?

It is hard to know how an increase in the investment will affect the number of investors partaking in the program. My two cents is that not much will change if the minimum investment is increased to $700,000 or even $800,000. The reason the program is underutilized, with the exception of Chinese nationals, is because eligoble foreign-nationals are not aware of or do not understand the program.

In short, if a foreign-national invests $500,000 in a reputable regional center (RC), and has experienced EB-5 counsel, if all goes well, the investor and his/her immediate family members will enjoy all the benefits of US permanent residence and, after several years, may have their initial investment funds returned. My two cents? This is an enormous value and a bargain price for a family to immigrate to the US. Of course, nothing is guaranteed, the investment amount must be "at-risk" and the immigration benefit will be based on the source of funds being legitimate, a credible job-creation plan and the actual creation of jobs by the RC. This is why a quality RC and experienced representation are important as these will maximize the chances of success in utilizing the program.

Those who can afford to invest $500,000 and are ready and willing to do so, would likely not flinch at the USCIS increasing the minimum investment amount. However, if one can invest a smaller sum for the same benefit, most shrewd business people would act on the opportunity.

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