What is an EB-5 Regional Center?
An EB-5 regional center is an entity established under the guidelines of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a U.S. government program that encourages new investment in job-creating projects. To qualify as a regional center, an entity must submit an I-956 application to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for approval.
Foreign investors can qualify for the EB-5 program by making eligible investments in EB-5 projects sponsored by regional centers, provided these projects create at least 10 new U.S. jobs per investor. The primary benefit and reason almost all EB-5 investments are made in projects sponsored by regional centers is increased flexibility for satisfying the job creation requirement. EB-5 projects sponsored by regional centers can count all indirect, direct, and induced jobs created, whereas EB-5 projects that are not sponsored by regional centers can count only direct jobs toward the required 10 jobs per investor.