Gov't Projects Nab EB-5 Funds As Investors Seek Security

Law360, Los Angeles (September 18, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT) -- EB-5 investors have historically tended to show a predilection for private brand-name projects akin to Marriott hotels. But lawyers say that's changing as investors are increasingly looking for low-risk ventures and finding them in public projects.

The quarter-century-old program has gained considerable traction of late, and state and local governments are seeing EB-5 capital as a viable source of income to help fund infrastructure and other projects. They are also benefiting from several new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regional centers aimed at facilitating such investments.

Participants in the EB-5 program, which was established in the early 1990s, can invest as...

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