US Freedom Capital

Immigration

What is US Freedom Capital?

US Freedom Capital is a group of companies focused on commercial property development and real estate investing , headquartered in Dallas, Texas. With a legacy of over one billion dollars of US Commercial property development, US Freedom Capital provides US real estate investments to global investors_including investments that qualify for US immigration benefits through the EB-5 visa immigration program. US Freedom Capital owns and operates a USCIS approved EB-5 Regional Center.

The management team at US Freedom Capital have a stellar track record and decades of Investment Structuring and Offerings, Asset Management & Real Estate experience.

Why is SEC Securities registration required?

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) is a United States regulatory authority which oversees brokerage firms and registered securities representatives. The mission of FINRA is to protect investors by making sure the US securities industry operates fairly and honestly. In order to sell any kind of security or investment products, one must be either be a registered Broker-Dealer or be a registered securities representative with a Broker Dealer. Broker-Dealers and their registered representatives are held to high compliance standards in accordance with the requirements of FINRA. In addition, they are expected to comply with the requirements of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), which is the ultimate governmental body which oversees the promotion and sales of securities in the US.

EB-5 is both an immigration product as well as a financial product. Currently, it is not mandatory to be licensed under USCIS to sell this immigration product. However, as it is a financial product as well it is mandatory to have a license under SEC or FINRA to sell EB-5 investments. Companies that are not registered with the SEC or FINRA are rapidly being cracked down upon.

US Freedom Capital top management members are registered with FINRA as registered representatives and they work with a broker-dealer to ensure that all sales of securities, including all EB-5 investments, are done in accordance with FINRA and SEC requirements.

What US Government controls are placed upon US Freedom Capital?

USCIS is a government body which oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Regional Centers are independent companies that have been approved by USCIS after an extensive application process similar to obtaining a license. Once USCIS confirms a company’s credibility and issues a license they do not oversee day to day operations however, they review each submitted project as well as each investor application. This is how US immigration keeps track of the project as well as regional center. Further, the regional center is subjected to annual compliance and spot audits by USCIS.

While the investments offered by US Freedom Capital are private in nature and not required to be registered with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), US Freedom Capital works with a Broker Dealer who must meet compliance requirements of FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). The Broker-Dealer reviews all documents as they pertain to the promotion and sale of securities to ensure compliance with US Securities regulation. In addition, US Freedom Capital Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisory firm providing investment management services, is required to perform its own compliance at the State level when providing its services whether to any fund created by US Freedom Capital or individual investors themselves.

A subscription agreement is the agreement signed between the investor and USFC and will govern the terms of the investment with US Freedom Capital. The Broker-Dealer will review all subscription agreements and if the Broker Dealer feels there is a discrepancy in the agreement, they can raise questions and use appropriate methods to prevent fraudulent activities.

The same scrutiny is applied to the payment of fees. All of these activities are subject to FINRA and SEC oversight. At any point, if the investor feels their money has been misused or has been wrongly placed into something they did not sign up for in the agreement, a complaint can be filed with the SEC, who will investigate the matter.

What is the timeline for investments?

Once you have made your decision to move forward with EB-5 the next step is to gather all the required information to prepare your I-526 petition. The investment of $500,000 must be made after the source of funds documentation has been approved by your immigration attorney and prior to filing your I-526 petition. After the investment is made your attorney files the I-526 which can take 18-36 months for approval by USCIS.

After approval of the I-526 the next step is a consular interview. Depending upon the consulate waitlist which is often 1-6 months an interview is set up by the applicant, where the investor is provided with an immigration kit and entry permit.

Thereafter a six-month timeline is provided to the investor to move to the USA. Upon reaching the United States the investor receives a conditional green card. The Investor establishes his residency in the US and after residing there for 24 months, the I-829 petition is filled by the attorney. Depending upon the waitlist which is presently about 24-36 months the I-829 is approved, and the conditions are removed. Thus, making the investor and his family are now permanent Green Card holders.

These timelines are all subject to change depending on USCIS processing times, changes in regulations and may be further impacted by the backlog in visa availability for certain jurisdictions (often referred to as retrogression).

Who issues the Green Card, - US Government or US Freedom Capital on behalf of the Government?

The Green Card is always issued by the US Government. No independent company can issue a US Green Card. Even in the case of company-sponsored visa to the US, the Green card will only be issued by the US Government and they will always be the final authority on this. US Freedom Capital is not a governmental agent or authority.

How long does it take to get the Green Card once invested?

Once your I-526 is filed with USCIS by your immigration attorney you will receive a receipt notice and your case will be assigned a case number. There can be a significant delay after filing while you wait for USCIS to review and approve your petition. This delay is caused by limitations in the number of case officers at USCIS who have to review the entire petition. As the staff at USCIS is being ramped up by US immigration this wait period should lessen in the future.

If the Regional Center has filed an exemplar for the project, individual investor I-526 petitions will be held until review of the exemplar. Once the project exemplar is approved then it can be expected that all investor I-526 petitions for that approved project will sequentially proceed from there.

Once your I-526 petition has been approved you or your attorney will receive an email from the US Immigration stating that you have been approved subject to a consulate interview. After this letter, it may take anywhere from 1-6 months to schedule an interview with the US Embassy or Consulate, after which you are granted permission to enter the US. The day you enter the US your green card is activated.

So, it can take anywhere from 24-36 months from the day you submit your I-526 petition until the time you have entered the US and received a US Green Card.

Once Green Card is received, does the investor become an American citizen?

Once the investor receives a US Green Card, he becomes a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). The initial Green Card received is a conditional Green Card valid for two years. Prior to its expiration the applicant will file another petition called the I-829 to establish unconditional permanent residency. For this he needs to show proof of residency in that two-year time period, needs to maintain a crime-free record, and the investment made needs to have created 10 direct or indirect jobs. Investment related criteria will be taken care of by USFC and the petition will be filed by your immigration attorney. Upon approval the conditions are removed, and the applicant receives a permanent Green Card and becomes a Permanent resident of the United States.

To become a citizen of the United States a Legal Permanent Resident (a Green Card holder) must legally reside in the US for a minimum of five years. For the EB-5 investor this five-year period begins the day you enter the US on your EB-5 visa. There are other criteria involved in qualifying for US citizenship which include staying a minimum of 1000 days physically in the US, passing a US history and Civics test in English, no criminal activity, etc. This standard is common for all US citizenship applicants from any visa class.

The permanent residency you receive with the Green Card should be renewed every 10 years as required, but to become a citizen there is a separate process as mentioned above which does not get covered in the EB-5 process.

These timelines are all subject to change depending on USCIS processing times, changes in regulations and may be further impacted by the backlog in visa availability for certain jurisdictions (often referred to as retrogression).

Is US freedom Capital a credible company?

USFC is a USCIS registered and approved EB-5 Regional Center covering extensive geographic regions in Texas authorized by the USCIS to sponsor projects for job creation. Apart from that US Freedom Capital is also subject to FINRA and SEC regulation. Further, the USFC team is a first-rate team which includes the 3 Top Immigration Officials who served under former President George W. Bush.

Can I work in USA with EB-5?

Once an EB-5 Investor is admitted to the United States, he or she can work, invest, and buy property, etc. He or she will receive all rights that are available to a normal US green card holder which are similar to the rights of a citizen. There are only a few things he can’t do for example he can’t vote, he can’t run for certain public positions or serve as an officer in the military, apart for these few things he has all rights of a US citizen.

When do I get my investment back?

The average term of your EB-5 investment is designed to be five years.

What is the return on that investment on Eb-5 Investment?

The EB-5 investment return is primarily the Legal Permanent Residency benefit for the applicant and all qualified family members. Financial returns on investment are a minimal 0.5% per annum.

If a Green Card holder must file a US Tax Return what is the US tax payable and how may I avoid double taxation?

The Internal Revenue Service is the US governmental body responsible for federal income tax. The Tax system in the US is complex similar to Indian Taxation Law. Specific Tax advisers should be contacted to manage your taxation requirements, we will be happy to give recommendations.

Why are USFC projects better than others?

The US Freedom Capital group of companies is responsible for every aspect of the EB-5 project. USFC is the EB-5 Regional Center, the Offeror of the security offering, and the developer of the real estate project. With expertise in all of these roles, USFC is in control of the entire process from start to finish rather than relying on another company to execute on any part of this process. USFC projects are designed with the goals of the EB-5 investor in mind from the beginning, with full intention of returning the $500,000 investment safely to the applicant at the end of the process.

How long will my funds be in the investment?

The EB-5 investor must maintain their investment until their I-829 petition is approved which ordinarily takes about five years from the day the money is originally invested. Certain portions of this estimated timeframe are completely dependent upon USCIS processing times or availability of visas which are factors out of the control of USFC.

With the EB-5 investment who is eligible for a US Green Card?

With a single EB-5 investment the applicant, his/her spouse, and all dependent children under age 21 will receive US Green Cards.

How many USFC investors have received permanent residency through USFC EB-5 investments?

The number of people who have been approved for I-526 and received Green Cards through USFC is over 200, with another 100+ applicants in the pipeline for Green Cards. These investors are from India, China, Brazil, Mexico and more.

When I receive my Green Card, what are the requirements for being in the USA?

US immigration policy does not dictate a precise answer to this question, immigration officers have discretion when evaluating a case with the basic underlying principle being determination of intent. A Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) should demonstrate the intent of having their primary residence in the US. Therefore, it is ideal to be in the US for more than half of each year (180+ days per year). This demonstrates intent of having the US as your primary residence. When there are personal or business reasons that a Green Card holder must be out of the US for more than 180 days in a year it is highly advisable to coordinate this activity with your immigration attorney so that you are prepared to provide proper explanation and documentation to US Immigration when departing or entering the US.

If my I-526 is approved but I am rejected by the US Embassy during the interview, how much of my investment will be returned?

In the event that an application is rejected by reason of the business plan or underlying investment, then USFC will refund the entire investment and the administrative fee minus expenses. Rejection of an application for other reasons will make the administrative fee non-refundable and the investment amount will be returned as per the normal course of the investment lifecycle. Attorney fees and USCIS filing fees will not be refunded in any case.

Does US Freedom Capital have their own attorneys?

US Freedom Capital has its own in-house legal staff to service the legal needs of the company, but it does not provide immigration legal services. However, USFC works closely with some of the leading law firms in the EB-5 sector who have deep experience with EB-5 filings and excellent track records of success with their clients. USFC will work with investors to facilitate its dealing with your selected law firm of choice and provide support as necessary through the entire process.

Where can we live in the US if our EB-5 investment is in Texas?

There is no restriction as to where an EB-5 investor can live or work in the United States once they are admitted into the country under the EB-5 program. With that, an EB-5 investor who invested in Texas, for example, can still live and work anywhere in the United States once they enter on a Green Card.

Under what circumstances may LPR status be revoked?

The permanent residency status can be removed under certain conditions:

  • If the investor commits a serious crime
  • If the investor fails to establish its residency
  • If the investor fails to stay in US for the required period of time as mentioned by USCIS which is 180 days per year (approximately)

Why investment via regional center is more viable than direct investments?

A Regional Center has the advantage of counting both direct jobs as well as indirect and induced jobs to qualify for EB-5 job creation credit. This means that Regional Center sponsored projects involving real estate construction will generate a large job creation number simply based on the indirect and induced calculation of the construction budget. In other words, if the building is constructed, qualifying jobs created. Direct investments must count on direct employment and use payroll records for direct job documentation.

What are the conditions attached with I-526 visa?

The conditions attached with I-526 are:

  • The investor has to establish residency in US
  • The investor must not commit any serious crimes
  • The investor must stay in US for the required period of time as mentioned by USCIS which 180 days per year (approximately)

How long does the EB-5 process take before I receive a Green Card?

The EB-5 timeline generally is as follows:

  • After selecting an EB-5 investment you will engage a US immigration attorney. Pay their first installment of legal fee (approximately $6,000, fees may vary depending on legal counsel selection);
  • 15 to 30 days to assemble your personal documents for the application;
  • 15 to 30 days for:
    1. Attorney review of documents and preparation of EB-5 application (Form I-526);
    2. Wire funds for
      • investment ($500,000)
      • administrative fee ($50,000)
      • second installment of legal fee (approximately $6,000)
      • I-526 Filing Fee with USCIS ($3,675)
        • Total ± $560,000
    3. Attorney files I-526 application
  • Approximately 12-24 months for US Immigration (USCIS) to review and approve application
  • Attorney receives notice of approval from USCIS and informs investor
  • Investor files Immigrant Visa application through your immigration attorney and makes an appointment with local US consulate or embassy for an interview with your family;
    • Waiting time for the interview varies by country, but usually take 1 to 3 months; then
  • At the end of your interview, the US official provides your family with an entry visa to the US and an immigration kit. Your family then has six months to enter the US under the entry permit. When you arrive at the US airport's immigration desk, a USCIS officer will cancel the entry permit and replace it with an EB-5 visa in each passport. This is the date your green card is official.
  • A physical EB-5 green card will be mailed to your attorney 3 to 4 weeks later.

Can USFC help the investor find a job?

USFC can recommend US recruitment agencies and help you get in touch with them.

What are the USFC projects?

The primary return on investment for the EB-5 investor is rapid achievement of the US Green Card. Since the primary benefit is a non-monetary return USFC selects projects in more stable asset classes, less subject to normal swings of the economic cycle such as development of nursing homes and residential apartments in high population growth markets. Demand for these projects will be more stable as the US economy goes through up and down cycles. This results in safer investments for EB-5 investors more concerned about protection of invested funds.

What other products does US freedom Capital have?

USFC offers two separate products for the foreign investor:

  • EB-5 Investment for Green Card
  • Commercial real estate development investments for financial returns

How can I apply for Eb-5 investor visa?

There are two ways for applying to Eb-5 investor Visa:

  • Direct Investment: where the investor has to establish a business unit in the USA and create 10 permanent jobs to become eligible for EB-5
  • Investment through Regional Center where the job creation requirements of the green card are managed by the Regional Center.

What tax rate will I be subject to if I make the EB-5 investment?

USFC cannot offer and does not provide tax advice. However, typically, an Indian resident who is paying taxes in India may be able to avail himself or herself of the benefits offered by existing double tax treaties between India and the United States. A double tax treaty addresses where you will be given exemption on the tax you are already paying on certain incomes. However, the ability of an investor to utilize such exemptions will vary from case to case. Please seek tax advice from a qualified accountant or tax attorney in order to determine what tax treatment you may be eligible for.