EB-5 Q&A: What are the risks of releasing funds early as requested by the regional center?


The risk of granting an early release of funds from the escrow account may expose you, the investor, to the potential loss of gaining U.S. permanent resident status if your I-526 petition were denied by the USCIS.  Whether the I-526 petition were denied or not, you would retain the financial benefits of your investment.  To decide if you will sign an early release of your funds, you need to weigh the necessity that the regional center use the funds immediately for maximum gain on your investment against the potential risk of losing an opportunity to obtain U.S. permanent resident status.