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Integrating cryptocurrency into the EB-5 stream Does Zhang v. USCIS mark the new era of the source of funds process? By Natalia Polukhtin W elcomed by EB-5 community, the decision in Zhang v. USCIS et al. 1 provides much needed guidance on the use of loan proceeds as a source of EB-5 investment capital. However, the Zhang decision may be interpreted as not being about loans per se, but also as providing opportunities in showing the source of funds for investors who have legitimate money but do not have USCIS-friendly documentation for those funds. The primary example of those legitimate funds that cannot be comprehensively documented due to the perceived anonymit y in accumulation process is cryptocurrency. Over a decade ago, Bitcoin star ted the trend of cryptocurrencies entering traditional investment portfolios. As more investors across the world accumulate their wealth in cryptocurrencies, funds that originated from the use of blockchain technologies are becoming a more prominent par t of the EB5 process. Let’s identify oppor tunities EB5INVESTORS.COM 15