As an investor on your path to permanent U.S. residency, you’ve perhaps come across a program known as EB-5. This program was created in the 1990s as a way to stimulate the American economy. It was to do this in two ways: by creating jobs for U.S. citizens and by creating capital for U.S. enterprises and projects. People foreign to the United States may use this program to expedite their U.S. citizenship by investing their earned and acquired funds into EB-5.

Some of the benefits of the EB-5 program include:

  • Path to permanent residency

  • The fastest residency option of any program

  • Ability to stay in the U.S. through the completion of the EB-5 process

  • Greater access to U.S. jobs

  • Ability to live in any state or city you want

  • No need for renewal status

  • Lowered college tuition

Investors can take one of two paths while investing their earned and acquired funds. The first is to directly invest a large sum of money in order to create a business. This path has many restrictions, however, which is why only five percent of applicants have chosen this route. More popular is the option to invest in what are known as “regional centers,” which funnel invested funds into projects that create jobs for U.S. citizens.

Some of the benefits of investing in a regional center include:

  • The investment amount is less than that of a direct investment, and

  • You receive the same benefits

  • You don’t have you create a business idea, because

  • Regional centers contain approved government projects ready for your investment

  • Regional centers monitor your investment for you

Currently and since its inception a total of 500,000 USD is required to invest in a regional center and begin your path to residency with EB-5. There are some rumors that this amount will increase in the near term.

Because this is such a large sum of money, it is vital that you the investor, exercise caution in choosing a regional center.


  • Not every regional center has good intentions

  • Though a regional center may be “approved,” it may not be endorsed by the U.S. government

  • People have been taken advantage of in the past, therefore

  • You must do your homework before you choose a regional center

This “homework” is a lot to dig through. The USCIS website offers a complete list of approved regional centers, but with more than 1,200 approved centers, it’s often difficult to know where to start. How is one to decide upon the best regional center for his or her investment?

The smart decision is to ask for a little help.

Because you, as an investor, work hard to secure your funds and prepare your documents for EB-5, it’s imperative you choose a reliable regional center. The best, most experienced regional centers sponsor the most successful projects and ensure your EB-5 requirements are met (e.g. the requirement to create at least 10 jobs with your investment).

Our team at Ellis Island Capital have a lot of experience in navigating the struggle to find a reliable regional center, and we can help you decide upon a secure place to invest your funds. EIC professionals are here to offer advisement on regional centers, making sense of their projects and helping you to find a strategy in completing your EB-5. Our defined process and ability to critically and objectively analyze regional center projects will help you not to “fall into” a center that will not deliver on promises.

EIC helps you find a reliable center in the following ways:

  • Our experts have backgrounds in US government immigration policy, investment banking, business development, and other related fields, giving you a well-rounded source of advice

  • We advise you through the whole process – from day one until citizenship

  • We are available at any time for questions and concerns

  • Through exposure to thousands of immigration cases, we can streamline your path, saving you hassle and stress

Begin now, and we can determine your eligibility through an application on our website.

To obtain more information about the EB-5 program, or to answer questions pertaining to immigration, regional centers or visas,  please feel free to contact us on our website.