- What are the protections and guarantees in the Berkeley Regional Center EB-5 projects?
- Can I travel outside the U.S. after I receive my permanent residency?
- How many family members can immigrate through EB-5 investment?
- Is approval of my application for U.S. Citizenship after 5 years guaranteed?
- Is EB-5 a passive investment?
- How Long Should an EB-5 Investor Remain in the United States Each Year?
- If an investor has EB-5 visa and conditional green card, does he/she need to stay in the US for a minimum number of days in the first 2 years in order to gain a permanent green card? How about his/her dependents?
- What is a reentry permit?
- Can Adopted Children immigrate with me on EB-5?
- Accredited Investor
- For EB-5, What is Considered a Commercial Enterprise?
- Are there any nationality restrictions for EB-5 applicants?
- USCIS requires EB-5 investments to be “At-Risk”, so how do your projects have guarantees?
- What are the Investment Requirements for EB-5?
- Can an Investor Apply if They Have Been Rejected or Terminated in the Past by USCIS for a Previous Visa?
- May two or more investors qualify for immigration based upon a pooled investment in a single business?
- What is the I-526 Petition?
- There is a background check required for EB-5 investment, what information is USCIS concerned with?
- What Can Disqualify an Investor from Participating in the EB-5 Program?
- What is an EB-5 I-526 Petition?
- What is an I-829 Petition?
- What is a I-485 Petition
- What are the various forms and petitions for EB-5 investments?
- Targeted Employment Area
Source of Funds
- Can a Loan Be Used to Supplement My EB-5 Capital Investment?
- Can I use a Bank Loan?
- What documents need to be translated when filing the I-526 petition?
- Can I Use a Gift as My Source of Funds?
- Who can gift me funds for my $500,000 investment?
- Can I Use 401(k) funds for EB-5 Investment?
- What is the Source of Funds report?
- 5 Things EB-5 Investors Can Do Preparing for Their Source of Funds Report
- Partial Payments
- Job Creation
- Regional Center
- EB-2 / EB-3
There is a background check required for EB-5 investment, what information is USCIS concerned with?
What does the USCIS background check involve?
The USCIS requires all potential immigrants to the United States go through background checks. Some of the checks are done by USCIS, some are done by the Department of State when you apply for a visa and some are done instantly by CBP when you arrive and seek entry into the U.S. These include searches in various criminal and national security databases, a fingerprint check and an FBI name check. Your name, date, place of birth and fingerprints will be run against a database maintained by the FBI to make sure there are no “hits”, meaning that no adverse information against you pops up based upon the various databases such as the United States and foreign law enforcement authorities, security agencies and the U.S. State Department and their various Consular Offices. For EB-5 applicants, it is not uncommon for USCIS to also check you against various treasury department databases to see if you are involved in or suspected of money laundering or other financial crimes. Above all else, the U.S. government wants to be certain that they are not letting anyone into the country that has a criminal history or poses any other threat to U.S. national security. They also want to make sure you do not have previous immigration violations and that you are not getting an immigration benefit as a result of fraud or misrepresentation. However, not every crime or immigration violation makes you inadmissible, so it is important to talk to an experienced immigration attorney to find out if EB-5 is right for you. This FAQ page or any linked web pages found here are not to be considered an offer or solicitation to sell or acquire securities or any other financial products and is not a prospectus, disclosure statement or another offering document. Any offering of securities will only be by means of a confidential private offering memorandum and conducted in accordance with applicable law. These securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons unless the securities are registered under the Act, or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Act is available. Hedging transactions involving the securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Act.