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EB5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM MODERNIZATION PROPOSAL
On January 13, the Federal Register published a Notice of Proposed Rule-making titled EB-5 Investor Program Modernization (DHS Docket No. USCIS 2016-0006). The notice proposes and explains the rationale behind new EB-5 regulations on priority dates, investment amounts, and targeted employment areas, among other changes. The Notice gives a comment period ending on April 11, 2017, and the regulation amendments could go become effective at any time after that.
DHS is proposing to increase the minimum investment amounts for all new EB-5 petitioners. The increase would ensure that program requirements reflect the present-day dollar value of the investment amounts established by Congress in 1990. Specifically, DHS proposes to initially increase the standard minimum investment amount, which also applies to high employment areas, from $1 million to $1.8 million. This change would represent an adjustment for inflation from 1990 to 2015 as measured by the unadjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), an economic indicator that tracks the prices of goods and services in the United States. For those investors seeking to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will be principally doing business in a targeted employment area (TEA), DHS proposes to increase the minimum investment amount from $500,000 to $1.35 million, which is 75 percent of the proposed standard minimum investment amount. In addition, DHS is proposing to make regular CPI-U-based adjustments in the standard minimum investment amount, and conforming adjustments to the TEA minimum investment amount, every 5 years, beginning 5 years from the effective date of these regulations.
Targeted Employment Areas
DHS proposes to reform the TEA designation process to ensure consistency in TEA adjudications and ensure that designations more closely adhere to Congressional intent. First, DHS proposes to allow any city or town with high unemployment  and a population of 20,000 or more to qualify as a TEA. Currently, TEA designations are not available at the city or town level, unless a state designates the city or town as a TEA and provides evidence of such designation to a prospective EB-5 investor for submission with the Form I-526. See 8 CFR 204.6(i). Second, DHS proposes to eliminate the ability of a state to designate certain geographic and political subdivisions as high-unemployment areas; instead, DHS would make such designations directly, using standards described in more detail elsewhere in this proposed rule. DHS believes these changes would help address inconsistencies between and within states in designating high unemployment areas, and better ensure that the reduced investment threshold is reserved for areas experiencing significantly high levels of unemployment.
There is little doubt that the increase in USCIS fees at the end of last year will change the face of the EB-5 program: How it will change is open to speculation at this point. Likely, however, direct investments will become more common. So we are going to highlight our direct investment offering for those that want to avail themselves of this medium for funding projects through EB-5. While there are caveats to the program--namely that the search for investors is borne by the project and not a regional center and that only direct jobs can be used, it is nonetheless an excellent vehicle for EB-5 funding.
Our EB-5 Direct Investment offerings are Matter of Ho-compliant business plans that contain all of the elements of our EB-5 plans that are to be submitted through a regional center--save one. Our method of calculating job creation has been altered to conform to USCIS requirements. Everything else remains the same: Our current demographics and market research are still there along with our identification of the target market; a proprietary analysis still validates unmet demand in the target market area; current industry market information is there; the Forecast Summary and Anticipated Investor Return are there; a Competition analysis is there; and a set of five-year financials.
Our usual rate for direct investment plans ranges from $2,000 to $2,500 depending on the nature of the project.
As there is little doubt that the EB-5 program itself will change, there is little doubt that the parameters of the targeted employment area certifications will also change. (See above) At least until April of this year, no changes are anticipated. After that, no one knows. If you want to locate your project in a TEA to attract $500,000 investors or you are an investor that wants to put $500,000 in a TEA project, now is the time to do it. At present, input is being solicited from stakeholders about the program but, since the push for reform is bipartisan, it is almost a given that the expiration of the current extension will bring changes to the current TEA designation rules, if nothing else.
We will obtain certification for qualified or potentially qualified TEAs free as part of a purchase of one of our plans or studies.
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All of our EB5 documentation is Matter of Ho-compliant and is distinguished by the following requisite items:All Items Are Required by the USCIS:
|Plans and Studies || |
| Regional Center Plans || $2,500|
| EB-5 Plans (Sample) ||$2,500|
| EB-5 Direct Investment Plan (Sample)||$2,000 - $2,500|
| Economic Study When We Do the Accompanying Plan ||$1,500|
|Preliminary TEA Analysis, Fully Rebated with Plan and/or Study Order||$200|
| Regional Center Plan, One Project Plan and Economic Study||$4,000|
| EB5 Plan and Economic Study||$3,000|
|L1A/B (Including RFEs), H1B or E2 Plans ||$1,300 to $1,500|