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Direct Investments vs. Regional Center Sponsored Projects

  Direct Investment Regional Center
Active Business Operation Management day-to-day or through policy day-to-day or through policy
Applicable Business Sectors all that creates required jobs all that creates required jobs
Business Plan required required
EB5 Investor Eligibility must be accredited must be accredited
EB5 Investor Participation  directly affiliated with US entity capital investment through a Regional Center sponsorship
EB5 Investor Relationship with US Entity/Project direct indirect
Escrow of Funds may be utilized mostly utilized
Job Creation Requirement 10 full-time jobs for qualified US workers 10 full-time jobs for qualified US workers
Job Counts direct employment direct/indirect/induced
Job Creation Verification job projection/payroll tax returns project specific economist report/subject to final approval of USCIS
Project Specific Economist Report n/a required
Proof of EB5 Investment Funds must be verifiable must be verifiable
Recommended Capital Investment Range $500,000–$5 million per site $5-10 million or higher per project
Targeted Employment Area (TEA) if qualified, eligible for the reduced $500,000/EB5 unit if qualified, eligible for the reduced $500,000/EB5 unit
Transactional Documents required and per business structure required and per business structure
USCIS Application Process lengthy, could be shorter than Regional Center Applications lengthy, as posted by USCIS or longer

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