On Jun 29 2020 by Klasko Immigration

Direct vs. Regional Center EB-5 Investments

The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 brought many changes to the EB-5 program. For the latest information, please click here.

At Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience providing immigration legal services for EB-5 investors, including for business professionals and high net worth individuals all over the globe. The EB-5 investor visa is a highly advantageous option for foreign nationals seeking to pursue permanent residence in the U.S., as these visas qualify the holder for a green card. Investors can secure an EB-5 visa by filing an individual direct petition or by going through “regional centers” some of whose projects have been pre-approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

These regional centers negate some of the complicated issues that can accompany a direct EB-5 petition and afford the foreign national a significantly greater degree of flexibility and freedom. Thus, regional center EB-5 petitions make up the majority of total petitions filed. 

Filing a direct EB-5 petition is typically an attractive option for investors who want to start a business that creates employment, and to maximize profits from their investment. On the other hand, petitioning through a regional center allows for indirect employment creation and offers an investor the following advantages:

  • The investor can live anywhere in the U.S.
  • He or she can work (or not work) anywhere in the U.S.

Both the direct and regional center options offer the following advantages: 

  • His or her children can stay and study in the U.S.
  • He or she can travel in and out of the country at will.

We delve a little deeper into the differences between regional center and direct EB-5 petitions in this infographic.

If you would like to discuss the process of filing an EB-5 petition with one of the leading investor visa lawyers on the globe, please reach out to the team at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP today.