As a professional investment manager, Civitas performs rigorous, institutional-quality financial analysis for each potential EB-5 project. We screen hundreds of investments every year to ensure that those selected meet EB-5 job creation requirements as well as our own stringent underwriting standards.
Since its founding in 2009, Civitas has committed to building trust with our investment partners, no matter their country of origin.
Cultivating truly international cultural competency is one of our top priorities. We work hard to offer opportunities across markets that match EB-5 investors needs in deal size, structure, and timing. We pride ourselves in offering niche, differentiated solutions — nothing off the shelf.
PROJECT: The Tradition at Lovers Lane
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
OVERVIEW: The Tradition at Lovers Lane is a 312-unit luxury senior living community located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Civitas provided a $26,500,000 EB-5 mezzanine loan from 53 investors to partially finance this project. Strategically positioned at the intersection of two of central Dallas’ most popular neighborhoods, The Tradition at Lovers Lane provides extremely high-quality senior housing in an attractive family-oriented setting.
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
OVERVIEW: 3700M is a 387-unit luxury multifamily community and retail space located in the bustling Uptown area of Dallas, Texas. Civitas provided a $64,000,000 EB-5 senior loan from 128 investors to partially finance this project. Forest City, the developer for the property, was a nationally recognized development firm and had been publicly traded for more than 50 years. It was acquired by Brookfield Properties in 2018.
PROJECT: Paséa Hotel & Spa
LOCATION: Huntington Beach, California
OVERVIEW: Pasea Hotel & Spa is a 250-room luxury hotel located in Huntington Beach, California, just southwest of Los Angeles. Civitas provided a $14,500,000 EB-5 mezzanine loan from 29 investors to partially finance this project. The Pasea Hotel & Spa is branded as a member of the Meritage Collection, a group of four luxury hotels owned and operated by Pacific Hospitality Group.
PROJECT: Meritage Commons
LOCATION: Napa Valley, California
OVERVIEW: Meritage Commons is a 145-room expansion of the existing Meritage Resort & Spa, a world renowned luxury resort located in the wine country of Napa Valley, California. Civitas provided a $20,000,000 EB-5 mezzanine loan from 40 investors to partially finance this project. The Meritage is one of the closest wine country resorts to San Francisco and features a Wellness Spa, wine tasting rooms, and outdoor event space.
PROJECT: Hudson Exchange
LOCATION: Jersey City, New Jersey
OVERVIEW: Hudson Exchange is a Class-A mixed-use development in Jersey City, New Jersey, directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, New York. Civitas provided a $33,000,000 EB-5 mezzanine loan from 66 investors to partially finance this project. Hudson Exchange is in a master development, with the Hudson Apartments being the first step in the building of a master community in the next 10 years. Forest City, the developer for the property, was a nationally recognized development firm and had been publicly traded for more than 50 years. Itwas acquired by Brookfield Properties in 2018.
LOCATION: New Rochelle, New York
OVERVIEW: Printhouse is a 71-unit Class A multifamily community and retail space in New Rochelle, New York. Civitas provided a $5,500,000 EB-5 mezzanine loan from 11 investors to partially finance this project. Printhouse has over 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space. Megalith Capital Management and East and Hudson Real Estate are the developers of the property.
“Civitas’ competitive advantage comes from its deep expertise in U.S. markets paired with its international cultural competency. Since 2009, we have helped investors from over 40 countries embrace and celebrate the American Dream through the EB-5 program.”
Jonathan Kern, President & Chief Investment Officer
We are an unquestioned leader in the EB-5 industry. For 10 years, we have been helping investors navigate the EB-5 waters in their journey toward U.S. permanent residency. More than that, Civitas has led efforts on EB-5 reform, integrity measures, and industry best practices that have helped support and strengthen the entire EB-5 industry.
“Our investment committee is made up of experts in the fields of real estate and finance. Through our combined expertise, we understand how to manage both up and down cycles.”
Rootvik Patel, Vice President, Investments
We dig deeper to uncover strategies that others miss, drawing on a network of top specialists to bring our clients compelling, high-quality investment opportunities.
“The asset management division is responsible for monitoring construction progress, releasing funds to developers, and tracking job creation.”
Tillie Borchers, Director, Asset Management
Once the construction of a project begins, we receive monthly draw requests from developers with evidence of expenditures in the form of receipts and invoices. We review all draw requests to make sure that funds are being spent in accordance with the original budget and that the project is proceeding as planned. We rely on independent inspection firms to verify that work has been completed prior to releasing any funds. We also conduct onsite visits to confirm progress. By closely monitoring construction expenditures and other relevant metrics, we are able to estimate job creation in real time and ensure it is progressing as planned. Every quarter we send investors reports with construction progress, job creation, and other relevant information.
“Civitas is about a lot more than just keep you up-to-date on your investment. Our team is committed to managing your investment and developing a relationship that goes far beyond EB-5.”
Rafael Anchia, Co-founder & Managing Director
Expanding on our success in EB-5, Civitas also offers niche, differentiated investment strategies in U.S. real estate and lodging through our Alternative Investments division. The firm has more than $1.7 billion of assets under management in more than 60 investments. We are here to help global investors fulfill their financial goals for their family long after receiving their permanent residency.
1 – “INVESTMENT PERIOD” means the period during which the investor’s capital remains invested in the commercial enterprise.
2 – “FORM I-526” means Form I-526, Immigration Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. This filing is submitted by the foreign investor who wishes to petition the USCIS for status as an immigrant under the regulations of the EB-5 Program. If approved, the investor, the investor’s spouse, and the investor’s unmarried children under age twenty-one (21) may apply for permanent resident status. The Form I-526 petition is submitted on behalf of the investor by his or her immigration attorney, and includes evidence that lawfully obtained capital is being invested into an EB-5 compliant project.
3 – “PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD” means the card issued by USCIS to permanent residents as proof of authorization to live and work in the United States. The permanent resident card is also known as a “green card,” and remains conditional until the Form I-829 petition is approved.
4 – “FORM I-829” means Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. This filing is submitted by the foreign investor who wishes to petition the USCIS for removal of the conditions on his or her permanent resident status, as well as the removal of the conditions on his or her qualifying dependents’ permanent resident status. The Form I-829 petition is submitted on behalf of the investor by his or her immigration attorney, and includes evidence that the investor has met the requirements of the EB-5 Program, as described in the investor’s Form I-526 petition.
5 – “SUSTAINMENT PERIOD” means the period during which an investor must keep his or her investment “at risk.” This period begins with the “resident since” date on the green card, and ends two years later with the “expires” date on the green card.
Note: Revised February 2020 *This timeline is for general informational purposes only. The averages presented do not attempt to provide an accurate estimate of current processing times, and the actual time required to complete the EB-5 immigration process will vary, sometimes significantly, based on the investment selected, each individual’s case, and other factors. Potential investors chargeable to the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, and Vietnam should note that the U.S. State Department has established a visa availability cut-off date for EB-5 regional center program visa applicants, which will result in significant delays at Step  in the process outlined above. With this visa availability backlog, it may be several years between USCIS’ approval of the Form I-526 petition of an investor chargeable to China, India, and Vietnam and the time an EB-5 visa is available, enabling such investor to secure an immigrant visa and acquire conditional permanent resident status in the United States (either through immigrant visa processing at an American Consulate or Embassy, or through application for adjustment of status in the United States). The visa backlog may also require lengthening of the duration of an applicable EB-5 investment, which could delay the investor’s possible (but not guaranteed) return of investment proceeds. Please contact your immigration attorney to discuss the specific circumstances of your case and how the visa availability backlog may affect it. Please review the applicable Private Placement Memorandum and Subscription Agreement for more detailed information. This document does not constitute an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it would be unlawful to make such offer or solicitation. The information and opinions provided are for informational purposes only and may include views, estimates, and information from other sources that may or may not be accurate. All information is subject to change or correction without notice.