The EB-5 Investor Program Can Be Risky Business
May 9, 2016
Protect Your Investment
For many people considering relocating to the United States, the EB-5 investor visa can seem like a promising opportunity. However, there are significant challenges and risks involved with this investment opportunity. In addition to the basic administrative challenges of filing for an EB-5 visa there is potential for fraud and risky business investments.
Make sure you talk with an experienced attorney who can help you assess an EB-5 investment opportunity, inform you of the risks involved and protect your interests throughout the process.
What Are the Risks?
If you are considering an EB-5, it is important to know the risks involved before you agree to any investment opportunities.
Chance of Fraud
Over the past number of years, frequent instances of fraud involving EB-5 investments have been widely reported. While the state and federal governments are doing everything they can to minimize EB-5 fraud, the problem is becoming an epidemic. Individuals and groups target foreign investors in the EB-5 program and disappear with their investment capital.
As a foreign investor, unfamiliar with the lay of the land, you could be a tempting target for EB-5 fraud.
Even outside of instances of fraud, EB-5 investments are risky by definition. The program was initiated to stimulate the economy, and it often involves investing in a business located in a rural area or an area with high unemployment rates. These are risky endeavors, and poorly planned EB-5 investments could result in the loss of your capital investment or even loss of your green card residency privileges.
Get the Help You Need
Do not be cavalier when entering into an EB-5 investment. Talk with a lawyer who can protect your interests. Avoid the mistakes that too many people have made with these investments.