An updated list of approved EB-5 "Regional Centers" was released by the USCIS, with active Centers as of October 2007. These centers are public or private entities approved to participate in the EB-5 immigrant investor program (which provides a path to permanent residence for the investor and their family). The Regional Center program provides an alternative for potential immigrant investors who are not able to individually to invest the requisite $1 million, as this system allows them to make $500,000 investments.