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Who is USIF?

USIF manages all facets of the EB-5 Program. It organizes and manages new commercial businesses into which sophisticated foreign individuals (“Foreign Investors”) invest for the purpose of obtaining a U.S. Visa under the EB-5 Program. The new commercial businesses make loans of the capital invested by the Foreign Investor in a capital project that will create permanent U.S. jobs. Typically, those projects entail the construction of large-scale commercial buildings. USIF also organizes and manages the day-to-day operation of its various USCIS-approved Regional Centers. An experienced team of professionals in the fields of real estate development, commercial lending, construction, finance, legal and marketing leads USIF.

Businesses Interested in EB-5 Financing

Businesses interested in low cost, subordinated debt capital in order to expand their business operations or construct a building that will create the requisite number of permanent new U.S. jobs see the EB-5 Program as a viable source of financing their projects. The Foreign Investors are not directly investing in your business and they will have no role in any management or operational decisions. They invest in a new business that will make a secured loan to your business.

What Is The EB-5 Program

The U.S. Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 in order to enable high net-worth Foreign Investors to obtain a U.S. Visa by investing in a U.S. business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers for each Foreign Investor. To qualify under the EB-5 Program, the Foreign Investor must invest $1 million in a qualified new commercial business. That amount is reduced to $500,000 if the new commercial business is located in an area with high unemployment. The benefits of the EB-5 Program are simple and easy to see … U.S. businesses receive much needed capital at competitive rates and the Foreign Investor receives an ownership interest in a U.S. business that will make a secured commercial loan and have an opportunity to qualify for an expedited U.S. green card. The EB-5 program has already attracted billions of dollars into emerging and expanding American businesses, and during depressed economic times, such as these, it provides a low cost, viable source of business financing.

What We Do

USIF manages all facets of the EB-5 Program. Long-standing relationships in countries outside the United States provide a steady and reliable source of investment capital from individuals seeking a U.S. Visa. USIF organizes the U.S. business that raises the Foreign Investor capital and it oversees and manages the EB-5 process with USCIS through its network of Regional Centers. The process includes the creation of Business Plans and econometric studies that will meet USCIS requirements, as well as the preparation of securities offering documents and related marketing materials.

How It Begins

The process starts with us getting to know about your business, the principal owners, your track record and the purposes for which you will use the EB-5 Loan proceeds. We will want to understand your capital structure and other critical financial information (e.g., pro forma business plans and proposed use of the EB-5 Loan proceeds) for the project in which the EB-5 proceeds will be used. Once we have the required financial and other information, we will make a determination as to the fitness of your project with the EB-5 Program. An economist prepares an econometric study to predict the number of jobs to be created based on the budgets you provide to us. This will then guide us on the amount of money that may be loaned under the EB-5 Program. : Examples of some of the documents we will need to review are:

  • A description of the Business/Project, such as a business plan.
  • A description of products and/or services of the Business.
  • A Market Analysis to determine the feasibility of the Project.
  • A description of target market and prospective customers.
  • A list of all required permits and licenses obtained and needed for the Project (if any).
  • A description of the manufacturing or production processes (if applicable).
  • Materials required and supply sources (if applicable). Any contract executed for materials supply, products distribution, management, or real estate (if applicable).
  • Business organization structure and the experience of key personnel.
  • If the Project is a real estate development, the names and brief background on the architects, general contractor, real estate agents, and others involved in the development.
  • Staffing requirements and timetable for hiring (including brief job description).
  • Marketing plan (e.g., sales plan for residential condominiums).
  • Sales, cost, and net income projections, and detail of the basis for those projections.

We look forward to working in tandem with your new enterprise. Please contact us through our Contact Us page.

Role of the U.S. Immigration Fund

Our investment process is disciplined and thorough; we only select businesses and partners that we determine to have outstanding track records. As part of our responsibility to our EB-5 Foreign Investors, we perform the following services:   EB-5 Business Creation

  • Perform a rigorous evaluation of whether a Project will satisfy EB-5 Program requirements and provide for a sound investment.
  • Prepare detailed business plans and econometric studies to satisfy USCIS EB-5 Program requirements.
  • Determine whether a proposed Project meets the job creation requirements of EB-5 Program.
  • Assist the Foreign Investors who invest in USIF projects in all aspects of the EB-5 Program
  • Report to USCIS on a periodic basis all activities of the Regional Centers that sponsor the Projects.
  • Secure investments in new commercial businesses that make commercial loans secured by real estate.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the new commercial business that makes the loan of the EB-5 proceeds and take all steps necessary to support the Foreign Investor’s application to obtain and EB-5 Visa.

EB-5 Business Management   USIF manages day-to-day operations of the Regional Center in which the Project is located and where the jobs will be created. This includes periodic reporting and interaction with USCIS officials. USIF ensures that all filings by the Foreign Investors are completed properly and that each person provides all documentation required to obtain USCIS approvals.   Each new commercial enterprise organized by USIF is established for each Project. An Operating Agreement is entered into and a USIF affiliate serves as the manager for that business. Generally speaking, the Manager of the business will perform the following services:

  • Monitor the activities of business/Project into which the EB-5 Loan is made to ensure continuing compliance under the EB-5 Program.
  • Update the Foreign Investors periodically on the status of the EB-5 investment they’ve made and on the status of their respective applications to USCIS.
  • Maintain appropriate financial and other records.
  • Retain lawyers, and other professionals as may be required on behalf of the new commercial business to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations in the United States and abroad.

Regional Center Immigration Services   USIF manages EB-5 application process to ensure that the filings with USCIS are thorough and accurate. Among other things, USIF provides the following documents to the EB-5 investor’s immigration attorney.

  • A comprehensive business plan that satisfies USCIS requirements.
  • A project-specific econometric study that fully describes the regional center job-creation.
  • A signed Operating Agreement for the management of the new commercial business into which the Foreign Investor invests.
  • All offering memoranda.
  • All escrow documentation to evidence the investment of the EB-5 funds in a third party banking institution.
  • All documentation about the Project into which the new commercial business is loaning the EB-5 proceeds in order to establish the feasibility and likelihood of success of the Project to USCIS.

USIF has developed a unique and successful approach to the EB-5 Program. Its business has grown on the basis of viable Projects, long-standing relationships with foreign agents, and many years of business experience and expertise.