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Comparing the EB-5 Investment Pathway: Regional Center vs. Direct Investment

By March 20, 2024EB-5 Visa
Two options presented

Deciding between investing in a Regional Center or starting your own business under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a significant choice that requires a nuanced understanding of both options. This blog post aims to shed light on the critical aspects of each pathway, helping prospective investors make an informed decision aligned with their immigration and business goals.

EB-5 Investment Overview

The EB-5 visa program offers a unique opportunity for foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in the United States by making a substantial investment in a U.S. business that creates or preserves at least ten full-time jobs for American workers. There are two primary routes to consider: investing in a Regional Center project or directly into your own business.

Investing in a Regional Center

Regional Centers are organizations approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to sponsor projects that attract foreign investment under the EB-5 program. This option is often appealing for those who prefer a more hands-off investment approach.

Key Advantages:

    • Less Active Management Required: Investors are not required to manage the day-to-day operations of the business.
    • Flexibility: Living anywhere in the United States, regardless of the project’s location.
    • Indirect Job Creation: The ability to count both direct and indirect job creation towards the EB-5 program’s employment requirement.

Direct Investment in Your Own Business

For entrepreneurs who wish to have more control over their investment, starting or investing in their own business may be the preferred route. This option requires active management and involvement in the business operations.

Key Advantages:

  • Control: Direct investors have full control over their business decisions and operations.
  • Direct Job Creation: Must create at least ten full-time jobs directly within the business, offering a clear path to fulfilling the EB-5 program’s employment requirement.
  • Potential for Return on Investment: Direct involvement in the business provides an opportunity to influence the financial success of the investment.

Choosing the Right Path for You

The decision between a Regional Center investment and direct investment should be based on your personal preferences, risk tolerance, business acumen, and immigration goals. Consider factors such as your desire to manage a business, where you plan to live in the U.S., and your investment timeline.


Whether you opt to invest in a Regional Center or directly in your own business, the EB-5 program presents a pathway to U.S. residency through investment. Each approach comes with distinct advantages and factors to consider. Prospective investors should conduct comprehensive due diligence and seek guidance from legal and financial advisors who specialize in both business and immigration law to make informed decisions.

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