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EB-5 Finance Resource Center

The EB-5 program is a federally-authorized visa category created by Congress in 1990. The primary concept is to encourage foreign investment in job-creating U.S. economic development projects or companies in return for a U.S. green card. These projects or companies must create or retain 10 full-time jobs in the states, and a minimum investment of $1M is required. This investment can be reduced to $500K, if the investment is made in a high unemployment or rural area. Once the investment in a qualifying project or company has been made, the investor receives a conditional green card for two years. After two years, the investor must prove that their investment has been maintained, and that the 10 jobs continue to exist. At this point, the conditional status is removed.

EB-5 projects are typically financed through Regional Centers, which can accept the investment from the green card-seeking investor. The U.S. government sets aside 10K green cards each year for foreign investors participating through designated Regional Centers. The centers invest in projects that meet all of the program criteria. Using the EB-5 program is not simple, and there are significant investment and timing rules that must be followed. These rules can mean the difference between an investor receiving a green card or being deported. Consult and work only with reputable and qualified Regional Centers, immigration lawyers, and project finance experts. EB-5 financing is available in every state and city in the country.

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-Understanding EB-5 Finance

The EB-5 Visa program can be a useful tool for development finance professionals. This section contains resources on understanding the basics of EB-5.

Making the Most of EB-5 in MissouriMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.
Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use DevelopmentMembers only Login
Thomas Porter, Director of Commercial Lending at the Vermont Economic Development Authority, discusses unique development financing solutions for mixed-use development.
Making the Most of EB-5 in OhioMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Ohio is no exception. Kostas Poulakidas of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, David Black of Ulmber & Berne LLP, and Stephen Strnisha of Cleveland International Fund share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Ohio.
Lincoln Stone, Foreign Direct Investment and the EB-5 ProgramMembers only Login
Lincoln Stone discussed the latest on EB-5 in California and how it is used in various regions of the state.
Funding Brownfield Projects with EB-5 Program
This article from Schnapf, LLC examines the EB-5 program and how can provide alternative financing for brownfield redevelopment.

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-Marketing Examples

Making the Most of EB-5 in MissouriMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.
Funding Brownfield Projects with EB-5 Program
This article from Schnapf, LLC examines the EB-5 program and how can provide alternative financing for brownfield redevelopment.
What TEA Projects Might Look Like Under EB-5 2.0Members only Login
In a working paper published by the NYU Stern School of Business, authors Jeanne Calderon and Gary Friedland explore how targeted employment projects would evolve if proposed EB-5 rule changes are passed by Congress.
Financing Private Healthcare in ArizonaMembers only Login
Kutak Rock's Timothy Nash discusses methods to finance private healthcare facilities, highlighting various financing tools such as grants, tax credits, EB-5, and others.
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-Policies & Procedures

Making the Most of EB-5 in MissouriMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.
Making the Most of EB-5 in OhioMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Ohio is no exception. Kostas Poulakidas of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, David Black of Ulmber & Berne LLP, and Stephen Strnisha of Cleveland International Fund share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Ohio.
Funding Brownfield Projects with EB-5 Program
This article from Schnapf, LLC examines the EB-5 program and how can provide alternative financing for brownfield redevelopment.
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-Regulatory & Legal

Making the Most of EB-5 in MissouriMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.
Funding Brownfield Projects with EB-5 Program
This article from Schnapf, LLC examines the EB-5 program and how can provide alternative financing for brownfield redevelopment.
What TEA Projects Might Look Like Under EB-5 2.0Members only Login
In a working paper published by the NYU Stern School of Business, authors Jeanne Calderon and Gary Friedland explore how targeted employment projects would evolve if proposed EB-5 rule changes are passed by Congress.
Bluegrass International FundMembers only Login
Lynn Allen from Bluegrass International Fund (BiF) explains the depth and diversity behind EB-5 bonds and their varied uses.
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-Case Studies

Making the Most of EB-5 in MissouriMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.
Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use DevelopmentMembers only Login
Abby Goldenfarb discusses unique development financing solutions for mixed-use development.
The Ark Project at JFKMembers only Login
JFK International Airport’s latest redevelopment project is a unique one: a $65 million, 178,000 square foot state of the art facility for pets. The Ark at JFK will offer pre-flight micro-chipping, kennels, an aviary, and more. This large-scale project employed a creative financing approach that required a number of years to execute.
Making the Most of EB-5 in OhioMembers only Login
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Ohio is no exception. Kostas Poulakidas of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, David Black of Ulmber & Berne LLP, and Stephen Strnisha of Cleveland International Fund share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Ohio.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA'sMembers only Login
This month’s CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series on Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA's featured Tim Fisher of CDFA, Paul Toth of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Gary Smith of Chester County Economic Development Council, Samuele Bozzolla of Allegheny County, and Juan Salgado of Phoenix Industrial Development Authority.
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-Publications

Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance
The Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance 2nd Edition is the only comprehensive resource dedicated to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox. The Practitioner's Guide provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies and techniques used to build strong communities. From bonds, tax increment finance and special districts to tax credits, seed & venture capital, revolving loan funds and much more, this Guide outlines the financing tools required for succeeding in today's competitive economic development climate.
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-Training Courses

The Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse examines the basic statutes and regulations governing the EB-5 Program. Topics covered include direct EB-5 vs. EB-5 Regional Center programs, minimum investment requirements, securities regulations, and business plans and economic reports. Plus several case study examples are discussed to showcase the variety of economic development projects that can benefit from this form of capital. Attendees should be prepared for an in-depth look at the basic requirements of the EB-5 Program and its components on the first day, followed by a more practical focus and “big picture” analysis on the second day.

The Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course will help you understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, EB-5, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.

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-Upcoming Events

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse
January 29-30, 2020
Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Fundamentals WebCourse is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course helps attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.
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CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 14-15, 2020
Washington, DC
The federal government plays a critical role in driving private and public investment in innovation, job creation, infrastructure, and community development. With the 2020 presidential election quickly approaching, development finance will be a key policy issue across the nation. The 116th Congress will also play a major role in shaping our country’s economic development policy going forward. It's up to the development finance community to focus the national discussion on smart federal policy, and CDFA is the voice of the economic development finance community on Capitol Hill. For these reasons, CDFA will host its CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 14-15 in Washington DC.
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-Webcasts

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA'sMembers only Login
This month’s CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series on Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA's featured Tim Fisher of CDFA, Paul Toth of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Gary Smith of Chester County Economic Development Council, Samuele Bozzolla of Allegheny County, and Juan Salgado of Phoenix Industrial Development Authority.
CDFA Kentucky Webcast: Understanding the EB-5 Model in KentuckyMembers only Login
During this CDFA Kentucky Financing Roundtable Webcast in partnership with the Bluegrass International Fund, President & CEO Lynn Allen and Executive Director of IIUSA, Peter Joseph explored the EB-5 Model in Kentucky. 
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: The Emergence of EB-5 and BondsMembers only Login
This webcast delved into the possible combination of bonds and EB-5 as financing tools for development by panelists Angelique Brunner of EB-5 Capital and Peter Joseph of IIUSA.
How California is Making the Most of EB-5
In this CDFA webcast, our expert panelists including Peter Joseph of IIUSA, Mariza McKee with Kutak Rock, and Kraig Schwigen with CMB Regional Centers present on the impact being made by EB-5 in California, key rules and regulations, and considerations for incorporating EB-5 into potential projects.
CDFA-Stifel Nicolaus Innovative Deals Webcast Series: HotelsMembers only Login
The recent economic environment has made hotel development difficult. Now, many deals are being financed with creative uses of funds, including bonds, tax credits, and EB-5. This webcast, DJ Effler of Bellwether Enterprise, Laura Radcliff of Stifel Nicolaus, and Angel Brunner of EB5 Capital discussed the latest in hotel development, showcased recent ground-breaking deals, and evaluated how the financing was assembled.
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