U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 02/17/2012 05:03 PM EST
In our last stakeholder call regarding the EB-5 immigrant investor
program, a number of stakeholders raised questions with respect to our
adjudication of petitions that for purposes of the job creation
requirement have utilized what has been commonly termed a
“tenant-occupancy” methodology. In light of the number of questions we
received on this subject, we thought that providing clarification of our
approach was warranted.
“tenant-occupancy” methodology seeks credit for job creation by
independent tenant businesses that lease space in buildings developed
with EB-5 funding. USCIS continues to recognize that whether it is
economically reasonable to attribute such “tenant-occupancy” jobs to the
underlying EB-5 commercial real estate project is a fact-specific
question. Each case filed will depend on the specific facts presented
and the accompanying economic analysis.
USCIS is now moving forward with the adjudication of certain pending I-924 Applications For Regional Centers Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program that
are supported by the “tenant-occupancy” economic methodology. Our
newly-hired economists and business analysts will be bringing expertise
to these new adjudications, and requests for evidence will be issued to
certain applicants and petitioners to address any questions or issues we
have about the economic methodologies employed in their specific cases.
Our adjudications will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis and
we do not intend to revisit factual findings. I-526 Immigrant Petitions by Alien Entrepreneurs and I-829 Petitions by Entrepreneurs to Remove Conditions will have predictability in connection with early regional center adjudications.
Our retention of experts with economic and business analysis expertise is
part of our ongoing efforts to improve our administration of the EB-5
program. We are taking other steps to both improve the efficiency of the
program as well as to ensure its integrity. We look forward to keeping
you informed of these improvements."