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[Q] Some people say direct, individual EB-5 case will get investor LPR status w/o going through CPR status. True?


[Q] Some people tell me that direct, individual $1 Million USD EB-5 case will get you LPR status directly without having to go through CPR status, as opposed to regional center EB-5 case. Is this true or false?

Absolutely false. All EB-5 cases, whether Regional Center or non-Regional Center, regardless of the amount of requisite fund, have to go through Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status first, before fulfilling all requirements for applying for I-829 conditions removal to obtain LPR status. Don't think there is any additional immigration benefit by investing more money. That's just not the case.

Many people have prejudices against Regional Centers because of the "troubled" or "checkered" history, but the EB-5 law governing regional centers have become a lot clearer (not to say there are no left-over issues), and USCIS is in the process of issuing several guidelines to further clarify many of the points. In short, the Regional Center Programs, largely due to USCIS' greater involvements and efforts, have cleaned up their acts. Most EB-5 regional centers I know, although hoping for a more relaxed requirements, try to abide by the EB-5 law and try to work within those constraints. USCIS has made it clear that no funny business will be tolerated. One thing is for sure: most major Regional Centers know about each other's practices, and if any particular Regional Center does something they should not be doing, the word will get around very quickly, and to USCIS' office, especially in this age of instantaneous internet.