Escrow is not a requirement under the EB-5 program, but it has become the expectation among investors and agents alike in any situation where the money is not released to the project immediately upon the investor's subscribing to the deal and releasing their capital. As services go, it is not expensive at all and well worth the return in terms of contributing to investor confidence.
Not necessary; although, in the interest of investor security, it is best to escrow any investor funds.
Not an EB-5 requirement under the law. It is however the most preferred method to hold the money before the I-526 application takes place in Regional Center projects. If you have an escrow however, make sure the offering documents, including the PPM, highlight how the money will flow from escrow into the project as deviations from here may have some potential liabilities for the general partners and developers.
It highly advisable that it should be particularly prior to filing of I-526, even though it is not legally required. However, most investors and their agents typically insist their funds must be escrowed.
Escrow is not required, however, generally recommended. Upon approval of the I-526 petition the escrowed funds will be released into the EB-5 project. In the event the I-526 petition is not approved, the funds would be returned from the escrow account to the investor, provided the escrow agreement is set up properly. It is important to note that under the escrow agreement the funds still need to be irrevocably committed. Reviewing which bank will serve as the escrow agent should be reviewed. It is essential to trace the funds from the investor account to the escrow account and any intermediary banks to prove the funds are the investor's funds.
No, but as a best practice it has become the expectation of both the investors and broker dealers that there is an independent set of eyes making sure that disbursements are taking place in accordance with the PPM.
Not at all. The investment can go directly into the NCE. In fact, this is common in the direct/standalone EB-5 context. However, escrow provides the investor an added layer of protection. So it is advisable.
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