EB5 Investors Magazine | Page 8

Avoiding the RFE Tangle by Phil Cohen Anyone who is familiar with the EB-5 program knows that one of the bigger challenges faced in the process of getting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approval for a regional center or project comes from dealing with RFEs. An RFE, or a Request for Further Evidence, is the official name of the document that USCIS will issue to an applicant in the event that an adjudicator needs more information or wishes to question what has previously been presented to them. When an applicant receives an RFE there are several implications, including the delay of the final approval, the possible additional cost of finding 6 or developing the information that is required (including possible additional fees to the professionals on the team) and, most importantly, a delay in getting EB-5 investors’ money into the project. The best way to deal with an RFE is preventatively. By following the steps listed below, one can pre-empt challenges or requests for further detail from USCIS. The following are among some of the most effective preventative measures as they pertain to the business plan, which is one of the most subjective elements of an EB-5 application. EB5 INVESTORS MAGAZINE