I also read one more shocking story of 27 EB-5 visa investors who lost their time and money by making the mistake of investing in a regional center. See story at http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/30/chinas-louisiana-purchase-new-orleans-own-battle-of-algiers.html
Since 2012, ICE has officially recommended banning regional centers from the EB-5 visa program and actually said "there can be no safeguards that can be put in place that will ensure the integrity of the regional center model." See link at http://www.smartbusinessbroker.com/EB5_ICE_fraud_memo.pdf, and also see the Congressional debate at https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2013/12/19/senate-section/article/s9001-2 Even the SEC warns EB-5 visa investors to avoid regional centers. See link http://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ia_immigrant.htm
Here are some of the critical reasons that EB-5 visa investors should ALWAYS choose Genuine Direct Investment Businesses and avoid regional centers:
Genuine Direct Investment Businesses offer easy exit strategies to EB-5 visa investors while those who invest in regional centers experience TERRIBLE exit strategies.
Mohammed Shaikh, MBA (Accounting), CFE, Licensed Business & RE Broker (CA & FL)
Online: http://www.smartbusinessbroker.com Phone: +1 407 535 0616