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Reporting Fraud and Misrepresentation to USCIS

Consumer/Investor Protection

The Regional Center designation does not mean that the regional center’s capital investment projects are backed or guaranteed by the government. Further, there are no guarantees that an investor may ultimately be granted unconditional permanent resident status through an EB-5 investment. For example, if it is determined that the investor’s money is not truly at risk or that insufficient jobs were created through the investment, then the investor’s petition may be denied. Investors should exercise due diligence when making an EB-5 investment.

Reporting EB-5 Fraud & Misrepresentation to USCIS

USCIS takes allegations regarding EB-5 program malfeasance very seriously. USCIS has established procedures for referring cases to the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) when an EB-5 case appears to contain fraud or material misrepresentations. General information about FDNS see the ABOUT US section.

Members of the public may report instances of EB-5 fraud or misrepresentation to the EB-5 mailbox at It is helpful if the information provided contains specific information relating to the allegations of fraud or misrepresentation, supported by documentation if possible. Information of this nature that is received through the EB-5 mailbox will be reviewed by EB-5 program staff and, if it appears to be credible, may be provided to the affected party in an EB-5 case in accordance with 8 CFR 103 and 205 as part of an adverse case action. Such information may also be provided to FDNS through established USCIS procedures.