New Legislation Could Hinder EB-5 Financing Options

Proposed new legislation could mean big changes for EB-5 money, a small, but growing segment of the commercial real estate financing market.

In early June, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would both reauthorize and reform the 20-year old Immigrant Investor Program known as “EB-5” that is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015. The EB-5 program provides visas for foreign nationals who meet criteria for investing a minimum amount of capital in the U.S. economy and create a set number of jobs.

EB-5 has seen tremendous growth in recent years. From 2010 to 2014 there has been a 504 percent increase in the use of EB-5 financing, with nearly $9 billion in capital invested in the U.S. from fiscal year 2005 to 2014.

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