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Immigration Law

USCIS Publishes Two New Forms for Regional Center Program

USCIS, May 13, 2022 - "On Friday, May 13, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published two new forms: Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation, and I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program.

Effective May 14, 2022, under the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, all entities seeking regional center designation must submit these forms in compliance with the new program requirements.

Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation, is used to request either:

  • USCIS designation as a regional center that will pool investments and promote economic growth (including prospective job creation and increased domestic capital investment) in a particular geographic area; or
  • An amendment to an approved regional center under the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, including any of the following:
    • Changes to the regional center’s name;
    • Changes to the regional center’s ownership, organizational structure, or administration, including the sale of the regional center, or other arrangements that would result in individuals not previously subject to the requirements under INA 203(b)(5)(H) becoming involved with the regional center; and
    • Changes to the geographic area of the regional center.
  • The filing fee for Form I-956 is $17,795.

Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program Along with a Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation, Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program must be filed by each person involved with the regional center to provide information and attest to their compliance with INA 203(b)(5)(H).

A biometric services fee of $85 is required for each person who submits a Form I-956H. Form I-956H and this fee must be submitted at the time of filing Form I-956.

Additional Information
For more information on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, please visit the USCIS website."