Comment: Expedites Take EB-5 by Storm

Several projects with I-526 Expedites are poised to swamp the EB-5 market in 2019 and beyond. If we are seeing the trends correctly, then this is a paradigm shift as big in its implications as the move of the EB-5 market from China to India.

The #1 EB-5 issuer which has 25% market share in India is a project that has a I-526 Expedite. The typical processing time for expedited I-526 is under 90 days. This company has captured a 25% market share in India starting from 0% within the last 8 months. To the best of our knowledge, most projects operating in India have lost investors to this project, due solely to the expedite. This I-526 expedite will backfire as soon as retrogression hits India (it is already useless in China and Vietnam). However in Brazil and South Korea expedited I-526s are already getting traction. The same will soon apply to Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Taiwan and Mexico, as this project and others target those countries. We expect Expedited I-526 projects to rocket to #1 position in all these countries before the end of 2019.

Because of the tremendous success of this Expedited I-526 project which is currently #1 in India, others have applied for and are in the process of applying for their own expedited I-526s. We expect that from January through June of 2019 a few dozen Expedite applications will have been filed. Immigration attorneys are being very creative in coming up with arguments to fit the criteria for expedited I-526s. We expect two more projects with Expedited I-526s to be approved by June--dramatically expanding the impact of expedited I-526s on the EB-5 market. By the end of the year, we expect Expedited I-526 projects will have 50% market share in Brazil, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Taiwan and Mexico

This leaves EB-5 sponsors with 3 choices for 2020: 1) Obtain their own Expedite OR 2) Rely on a combination of India, China and Vietnam, abandoning non-retrogressed markets OR 3) Confine raises to less than 10 investors/year.

It is important to note that those sponsors who have made India the center piece of their strategy will be fine in the brave new world of expedited I-526s. However, those who intend to do medium size/large size raises in 2019/2020 outside of India, China and Vietnam will be severely affected. Special note for India: Those focusing on India will actually benefit from Expedited I-526 trend because 30% of the market will suddenly open up once retrogression commences. (Therefore, onset of retrogression will expand the Indian market for all players except the current market leader instead of shrinking the market. REPEAT: Retrogression will expand Indian EB-5--not reduce it.)

Expedite I-526s are a big deal and are here to stay. Stay tuned to ILW.COM and Immigration Daily for latest developments in EB-5 markets.

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