Is USCIS Cracking Down on Single-Intermediary Currency Swaps from China?

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The Chinese government restricts the amount of capital that any one citizen may transfer out of the country to 50,000 USD (or equivalent) per annum. This presents a challenge to the thousands of Chinese applicants who begin the EB-5 process each year: with the current EB-5 investment minimum set at ten times this annual limit, how does one assemble and transfer the funds necessary to begin an EB-5 campaign?

One popular method is known as a “single-intermediary currency swap,” whereby the investor transfers (RMB) to a third-party account in China, and the third party then wires the USD equivalent from an overseas account (most commonly located in Hong Kong) to the investor’s USD account.

However, as Karuna Chandani Simbeck explains in this week’s featured article, USCIS may have changed their stance on the acceptability of this practice: after years of approving applications which employed a single-intermediary exchange, they’ve now begun issuing Requests for Evidence to prove a lawful path of funds.

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2019-10-03T16:12:50+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5|Tags: , , , , |