Observations and Updates on EB-5 Investment Visas

Fragomen's EB-5 Blog is dedicated to issues, challenges, solutions, current events and anecdotes related to EB-5 investment visas. Check back often as our attorneys specializing in EB-5s provide insight around this topic.
EB-5 Information and Resources

Information published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (USCIS) including comprehensive visa descriptions, frequently used forms, and descriptions about eligibility requirements and the application process.
Regional Centers in the United States

Review the current list of EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) Regional Centers by state, published by the USCIS. The list is periodically updated.  Labor Statistics

Review information and data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to help you understand the current labor market in geographic areas of interest. Custom maps can be created to map unemployment rates in states, metropolitan areas, counties, etc. BLS databases, tables and calculators may be used to compare labor force statistics and unemployment rates, and are useful in determining which areas qualify as possible targeted employment areas. 
California Labor Market Information

While the EB-5 program falls under the USCIS, the State of California plays a role in identifying and designating targeted employment areas (TEAs), based on unemployment rates, which are a common component in investment visas. The California Labor Market website provides information and data about unemployment rates, civilian labor force, civilian employment, and civilian unemployment to help measure economic health for geographic areas.    

Fragomen’s scope of legal representation of clients in EB-5 matters is solely to the provision of immigration law guidance and advice as it relates to one or more of the following i) an application to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for designation and registration of a new regional center; ii) amendment of an existing regional center as provided for by the regional Center Pilot Program; and/or iii) the application(s) for lawful permanent residence (green cards) by individual investors in an enterprise whether under a regional center or as individual investors, under the laws relating to Immigrant Investor Employment Creation Visas (E-5).
The pursuit of specific investment programs in connection with EB-5 matters is done solely at the investor’s own risk. Clients are strongly advised and encouraged to obtain independent counsel to assist and advise them as to the ramifications of the investment(s) that they may make, or have made, or will consider making in connection with EB-5 matters.