Exclusive Interview About EB-5 Regional Centers

Miami, FL

This week published an exclusive interview with yours truly regarding the impact of EB-5 Regional Centers in Miami and why they remain unknown to some people. During the interview, I also explained how these Regional Centers work:

“EB-5 regional centers are entities regulated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service that serve as the conduits of foreign investment.”

We heard the great news last month when the EB-5 Investor Visa Program was extended through September 2016. In other words, this is an exciting time for foreign investors to take part in the program with the help of these EB-5 Regional Centers.

Click here to read this exclusive interview. Please follow me on Google+ for EB-5 Visa news.

Who can be included in my I-526 application?

Can I bring my family to the US if I get an EB-5 Visa?

I’m often asked, “Who can be included in my I-526 application?” or “Can I bring my family to the US if I get an EB-5 Visa?”

The answer is rather simple: the spouse and children under 21 years old can be included in an investor’s petition, but there are some delicate issues.

Common-law Marriages

Frequently we see relationships that are common-law marriages. Common-law marriages are not acceptable in terms of an I-526 petition and eventual applications for conditional residency. The law requires a valid marriage. The marriage can take place, however, after the I-526 petition is approved and before someone’s immigrant visa processes.


In terms of children, the I-526 application must be filed prior to the child turning 21. That preserves – under the Child Citizen Protection Act – the age and locks it in at 21, so the aged out child can still afford protection under the law. The exception is China, because of the country must be filed prior, and that’s a much more complex issue that I’ll discuss at a different time.


You can find me on Google+ or Facebook at Attorney Roger A. Bernstein if you have any EB-5 questions.