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Question Detail: I am interested in participating in the EB-5 program, and I understand that my investment needs to be “at risk,” but I am concerned about the security of my investment. How can I ensure that the business in which I invest will securely and legally handle my EB-5 investment?
Question Detail: I have a client who wants to buy an existing business, a grocery market with liquor store, in Los Angeles, California. Does Los Angeles qualify for the $500,000 minimum EB-5 investment requirement? Will the immigrant investor need to create ten new jobs for the grocery market, or simply maintain existing jobs?
Question Detail: Are bank accounts associated with EB-5 investor funds considered trust accounts? What requirements, rules and regulations govern accounts in which EB-5 investor funds are held?
Question Detail: I am considering making a direct EB-5 investment in a private company. I was curious about the success rates of direct investments and what some the advantages and drawbacks of a direct investment compared to a regional center project?
Question Detail: Most regional centers that I am reviewing state in their offering docs that they will refund an EB5 investment if the I-526 is denied. Some will give back a portion of the administrative fee. Is there a law by USCIS or the SEC that requires a regional center to return my full capital contribution?