Using the Employment-Based 5th Preference (EB-5) Visa Program in Economic Revitalization

In the wake of the Great Recession, there has been renewed interest in the EB-5 investor visa program among developers and economic development agencies around the country. This visa program provides immigrants with green cards upon their investment of at least $500 thousand in a US development project, and was rarely used until 2009. The program requires that projects create American jobs and provides incentives for development in areas of high unemployment.


This webinar will explain how the EB-5 program operates and how it can be used as a source of capital for development projects. The program will teach participants how to navigate the program, identify projects that are a good match for EB-5 funds given the program’s requirements, and how to secure foreign investors. Special attention will be paid to understanding the many players involved, and how to coordinate among them. The continually evolving policy and regulatory environment will also be covered. Specific case studies will be used to illustrate the steps necessary to complete a project funded through EB-5, including the redevelopment of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Program Highlights

  • Effectively using EB-5 investor funds as a source of capital for development projects
  • How to structure a business entity eligible for the EB-5 visa program
  • How to structure deals using EB-5 funds
  • Navigating the program and coordinating among multiple relevant parties (USCIS, regional centers investors, etc.)
  • Identifying projects that are appropriate for EB-5 funds
  • Finding and securing foreign investors
  • Importance of recognizing the fluctuation of the policy and regulatory environment
  • Case Studies

Program Information
Date Presented:
March 04, 2015 1:30 PM Eastern
Length:
2 hours
Using the Employment-Based 5th Preference (EB-5) Visa Program in Economic Revitalization
Speaker Information
Sam Rhoads   [ view bio ]
Tom Rosenfeld   [ view bio ]
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