At the IIUSA EB-5 Market Exchange in October, NES Financial asked 26 industry experts what they foresaw as the issues that would affect the EB-5 industry in 2015.
Some of the hot topics discussed include the flight to quality in EB-5, globalization, and the focus on the investor nearing the end of the EB-5 life cycle. Capacity issues and systems constraints is another topic that was touched on from all sides.
Interest in the EB-5 program from overseas investors continues to grow, but the number of allotted visas does not. One challenge that the experts foresee is how the industry will respond when the program does end up hitting capacity.
At the same time, experts don’t see USCIS processing times getting better any time soon. On the one hand, this puts a strain on the ability for issuers to deploy EB-5 capital into projects in a timely way, and on the other, it increases the risk for investors by forcing even more creative early-release escrow structures.
There is significant activity on the legislative front to resolve these issues. One idea being considered is the recapturing of unused visas. In the EB-5 program’s early years, a large number of visas went unused. Congress allowing those to be used in the coming year would provide a benefit to all EB-5 stakeholders as well as the U.S. economy through the creation of additional jobs.
Learn more about the experts have to say by attending NES Financial’s exclusive EB-5 event, the 2015 EB-5 Innovation Summit.
“This is the only seminar series of its type in the industry,” said Reid Thomas, NES Financial Executive Vice President. “Not only are the most current issues and trends discussed by leading experts, but strategies and solutions are presented to help stakeholders prepare for meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.”
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