Published On: Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016

Why is the EB-5 a good business?

By: Carlo Barbieri

Why is the EB-5 a good business?

The EB-5 investment has been very appealing for the external public. There are millions of investors willing to allocate from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in projects in the USA in order to obtain the right of residence in this country.

Why do they do that?

They´re looking for living in the most stable economy in the world.

They are going to participate in a dynamic economy, where competence and meritocracy are the key foundations to success.

They are accepting the challenges of a culture where the entrepreneurship is celebrated and cultivated.

They are looking for a country that protects acquired assets and richness is a sign of competence and merit.

They are providing their kids with one of the best public school systems and universities in the world.

They are moving to a country where legislation is fair and safe.

They are entering the country through the front door with total freedom of expression and entire religion freedom as well.

After 5 years of residence, they can opt, if they want to, for citizenship in the USA.

And what benefits does it bring to the USA?

Undoubtedly, it has been the best program ever designed to help development in the USA as well as providing jobs through this law of 1990. Its contribution to the American GDP has reached over 4.2 billion dollars and the projects helped generate millions of jobs and these contributed with over 360 million dollars, this result was achieved only between 2011 and 2012 for the IRS.

Nowadays, there are over 700 regional centers working to achieve that.

Important facts:

MB Consulting, LLC conducted an analysis on EB-5 economic impact that examined a selection of projects in numerous industries completed by a variety of regional centers. The study found that 83 regional center projects from across the United States and the Mariana Islands were able to produce $15 billion in investment and create 103,685 jobs from 2011 to 2014.

An additional analysis conducted by Wright Johnson, LLC looked at a variety of EB-5 regional center projects across the United States from 2011 to 2015. The analysis found that the selected regional centers from Washington to Puerto Rico were able to generate $2.5 billion in investment and create an estimated 67,364 jobs.

As data from Wright Johnson, LLC (see Table 1) show, mixed use projects and projects focused on apartments, hotels, manufacturing, and resorts were the most successful in terms of job creation, generating a five-year total of 49,980 jobs. Other industries such as assisted living facilities exhibited steady growth over the same period, generating a total of $89.5 million in EB-5 investment and creating an estimated 2,850 jobs. The Wright Johnson, LLC data show that the EB-5 program helps businesses across a variety of sectors, from real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, and tourism. 

While the hot trend in EB-5 development projects in 2013 was hotels, resorts, and casinos, the increase in non-hospitality developments last year shot up substantially. Data gathered from NES Financial showed that from 2013 to 2014, the number of mixed use developments increased more than 300%, as more and more cities in the U.S. saw a growing demand for them. With vacancies falling and rents rising in a large number of submarkets, demand for these types of buildings is expected to remain at post-recession highs for at least the next two years.











About the Author

- My name is Carlo Barbieri, an entrepreneur, civic activist and a leader of many organizations associated with Brazil. A native of Brazil myself, I am currently the CEO of Oxford Group, a firm composed of many international consulting and trading companies. I am also a founding member of the Brazilian Business Group and founding member and Past President of the Brazil Club. In addition, I serve as a Board member of the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce. I have served as a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Brazil Partnership. Past President of the Rotary Club – Boca Raton West for the 2014-2015 term, I have also been Vice President and Professor of 2Grow – Human Development. An Ambassador of Barry University in Brazil, I am the former President of the Black Fire Bull Steak House. I have also presided over a number of organizations such as the Brazilian Association of Trading Companies (ABECE), Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Brazil-Dominican Republican Chamber of Commerce; director of the Trade Center of the State of São Paulo, Brazilian Association of Freight Forwarders and Brazilian Association of Banks. I was also a local Council member for the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, for the 2013-2017 term.

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  1. Dear Mr. Barbieri:
    I am writing to you on behalf of Mikki Canton, Managing Director for the City of Miami EB5 Regional Center, who wishes to congratulate you with regard to your article “Why is EB5 a good business?” She would like to speak with you at your earliest convenience. Kindly call us at (305)250-5404.
    Thank you,
    Terri Morales, Assistant to Mikki Canton

  2. It’s so nice to see some positive reporting about the EB-5 program. Congratulations from CanEye LLC (London & Boca Raton) developers of the ARC EB-5 Regional Center Success System.

  3. Andrea says:

    Hi, I’ve heard a lot about EB-5 money. I work with real estate investors who are looking to fund large commercial projects that create jobs as well. Would like to learn more and promote this in the Texas marketplace.

  4. My name is Noel Epelboim. I am working on my 3rd eb-5 project in South Florida, an 190-room hotel by IHG at the Miami Int’l Airport. If you want more information or an interview contact me at your earliest convenience (954)448.0401

    • Project development and marketing services specifically attuned to the needs of the EB-5 program user. Limited number of new clients now being accepted for 2016. If interested please reach out via email to: stephen dot parnell @ eb5live dot com

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