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Hidalgo EB5 Regional Center

The Hidalgo EB-5 Regional Center has been designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a “Regional Center” for participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.

Hidalgo EB-5 Regional Center focuses on financing and developing commercial and mixed-use real estate exclusively within Hidalgo County, Texas. Do you have a project for our center? Or are you an investor looking for available projects? If so, contact us.

What is a Regional Center?

To encourage immigration through the EB-5 program, Congress created a pilot program in 1993. The program specifically sets aside 3,000 visas annually for foreign investors who apply through a United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) designated regional center investment program. An investor seeking an EB-5 immigrant visa through a designated regional center must generally make a qualifying investment of $1 million and demonstrate that at least 10 jobs were directly or indirectly created through the investment.

Certain rural, high unemployment or Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) qualify for a lesser capital investment of $500,000. Hidalgo EB5 Regional Center within Hidalgo County is a designated regional center that focuses solely on qualifying projects within targeted employment areas. In Hidalgo County we have 80 census tracts out of which 72 census tracts qualify as TEA’s.

An investor seeking an EB-5 immigrant visa through a designated regional center must also demonstrate that at least 10 jobs were directly or indirectly created through the investment. Hidalgo EB5 Regional Center will utilize a USCIS approved job methodology to measure and verify a qualifying project’s required job creation.

Before participating in a regional center EB-5 investment program, each investor independently petitions USCIS for an EB-5 visa. Qualified investors investing through a regional center receive a conditional green card valid for two years. The investor, spouse and unmarried children (under age 21 at the time of petition) can then apply for permanent residency based on investment. If approved, the investor and his immediate family become permanent green card holders and can later apply to become U.S. citizens. Upon receipt of conditional permanent resident status, the investor and immediate family are entitled to the same benefits as other lawful permanent residents.

EB5 Regional Center Industries

Hidalgo EB5 Regional Center Investments will range across a number of industrial sectors:

  • Advanced and light manufacturing
  • Higher education and research and development
  • Entertainment, tourism, hospitality and hotel construction
  • Medical research, medical services and hospital construction
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Mixed-use commercial and residential real estate development
  • Commercial real estate development

R&D Resources

Need local information? Assistance with research? In Hidalgo Texas we have a variety of Research and Development Centers ready to assist you.

Rio South Texas Economic Council

KIKA DE LA GARZA SUBTROPICAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER

REGIONAL ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN

  • College of Business Administration
  • Center for Valley Markets and Tourism Research
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Rapid Response Manufacturing Center
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Center for Survey Research
  • Academic Centers
  • Center for Border Economic Issues

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT BROWNSVILLE

  • Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy

http://www.themonitor.com/news/university-18839-research-utb.html