Regional Centers are private entities that are designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to promote economic growth in a specific region by creating jobs through the EB-5 program. EB-5 investors who choose Regional Center projects, instead of Direct EB-5 projects, must invest $800,000; the investment usually remains in the project for a period of 5-8 years.
When an investor invests in a Regional Center project, the investment is typically structured as a loan or equity to the project company, with the Regional Center serving as the intermediary between the investor and the project. The project company is responsible for paying back the loan or equity with interest to the Regional Center, which in turn pays back the EB-5 investors.
The repayment terms may vary depending on the specific project, but typically the investor receives their investment back with interest at the end of the investment and “sustainment at-risk” period. It’s important to note that the repayment of the investment is not guaranteed, and investors should carefully research the Regional Center and the project before making an investment. They should also consult with an experienced immigration attorney and financial advisor to ensure they understand the risks and benefits of the EB-5 program.
In the case of Pathways EB-5, we always choose projects that minimize risks while maximizing the probability of permanent green card issuance and repayment of capital. We are very happy to announce that one of our projects in the Texas Urban Triangle Regional Center has already begun paying back EB-5 capital to investors. We look forward to continuing paying back our investors and achieving our mission of changing a person’s destiny for the good through the EB-5 program.