Comment: EB5 OK With Unsecured Loans
Please see below an article by Matt Gordon on the recent case Zhang v USCIS. USCIS has had a long practice of accepting loans as source of funds for EB-5, as long as the loan was lawfully sourced and secured by assets owned by the investor. Now the restriction of "secured" loan has been removed.

In Zhang v USCIS the court ruled that plain language of the regulation means that unsecured loans from anyone, even unrelated third parties are acceptable for EB-5 purposes--dramatically expanding the use of loans in EB-5. Since the ruling was based on plain language, no Chevron deference was given. The plain language of the regulation binds USCIS as it binds anyone else.

This ruling greatly expands the EB-5 market because many countries tax gifts but not loans. Relatives may also be more willing to loan money rather than gifting it, thus dramatically expanding the capital accessible to a prospective EB-5 investor. We expect that this ruling will dramatically expand EB-5 markets especially in countries like India.

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Article: EB-5 Funds Obtained From Unsecured Loans Now Legal Under Zhang By Matt Gordon

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Focus: H1B to EB5
Exhibition/speaking opportunities for January 2019 H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule:

  • Miami, FL - Monday, January 7 ( closed )
  • Dallas, TX - Wednesday, January 9 ( closed )
  • San Francisco, CA - Friday, January 11 ( closed )
  • Atlanta, GA - Monday, January 21 ( 3 Seats Available )
  • Seattle, WA - Wednesday, January 23 ( 1 Seat Available )
  • San Jose, CA - Friday, January 25 ( 2 Seats Available )

Half Day Event for Indian H-1Bs considering EB-5 Option (Speaking Opportunity included) Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards.
Special Note for Attorneys: This event will feature two immigration attorney panels solely on immigration law matters. The only way an immigration attorney can participate and speak at this event is if they are nominated by an issuer who is exhibiting at the event (there is no fee charged to immigration attorneys).

EB-5 Issuers only - $3,999 per city for H-1B Event
(Inquire about Discounts and also about Platinum Level)

For more info please call (212)545-0818 or email or click here.

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