Comment: Last Hurrah For 500K EB5

USCIS announced that it will be publishing the regulation increasing EB-5 investment amounts in November. See news item here . If it does happen, (USCIS has not been able to follow through the last couple of times on this) we expect a huge gold rush. The timeframe of this regulation is after the midterm election. There will be considerable legislative chaos at that time on immigration issues, such as the Wall and Dreamers--particularly if the Democrats capture the House. If indeed USCIS succeeds in publishing this regulation, the aforementioned immigration chaos will stymie Congress and/or OMB from stopping USCIS promulgating this rule during this time--so we expect there is a some chance that the rule increasing EB5 investment amounts will indeed be published in November, since discipline has not been the hallmark of this Administration on immigration and on other matters.

If the rule is published, we expect there to be a 30-60 day grace period when the current investment amounts will still be valid (this is required practice under the APA that allows all players to adjust to regulatory changes such as this one). This will generate a gold rush for EB-5 in India. We expect 1,000+ investments of $500K totaling to half a billion dollars in the November-December timeframe. There will be a jump in other countries as well but the total numbers involved will be modest. China will not experience this gold rush much because of retrogression and the greatly diminished current numbers from China.

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Focus: Change in EB5 Market – its all about marketing

Old EB5 Model-Seller's Market New EB5 Mondel-Buyer's Market
Issuers Small number of Issuers
(Project + USCIS approval = investment success)
Large number of Issuers
(USCIS approval & good project are commodities)
Market Only China Multiple markets:
China, India, Vietnam, etc.
Roles Issuer gets project & USCIS approval;
Chinese Agent does SOF and Sales
Breakup of functions:
SOF by US immigration attorneys,
Marketing by Issuers,
Sales by agents
(A Good Project and USCIS approval are now commodities due to the large number of Issuers with both)
Marketing Marketing NOT necessary for success
(because market was a seller’s market with more demand than supply)

Marketing Necessary for success
(because market is now buyer’s market with more supply than demand)

EB5 Marketing – real world experience

ILW experience with marketing: Mixed results 2013-2016

  • Success in Beijing – almost 2,000 attendees at ILW Expo – but difficulties ensue
  • Many failures in oil economies of Middle East
  • Modest success in India and Taiwan

ILW experience with marketing: Major success 2016-2018

  • Expo format gets results in many countries for many clients
  • Major Success in two new markets - clients who made many investments 2015 to 2017 hit balls out of the park in two Top 10 EB5 countries

Requirements for major success:

  • Patience for results – it takes years not months
  • Commitment to a market through repeated visits to master its nuances
  • Major investment in marketing
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