The Eb-5 Green Card Process

If you want to invest in the United States, the Eb-5 green card may be a great option. This process offers a number of benefits, including a fast track to citizenship and permanent residency. This article will discuss the Eb-5 green card process in detail. We will cover everything from eligibility requirements to the application process itself. So, if you are interested in investing in America, this article is for you!

Step 1: Select a Suitable EB-Project

Deciding to invest in an EB-5 visa can be a great way to obtain permanent residency in the United States. One of the first steps in the process is choosing an investment project. Finding a Regional Center project is the easiest way to do this for many people.

These are typically large-scale developments that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIShas already approved. This option can be a good choice for people who want to minimize risk and are not interested in running their own businesses. However, it’s important to note that you will not have as much control over your investment with this option. If you would prefer to have more control and potentially earn higher profits, you can choose to invest in an individual business.

This option requires more work on your part, as you will need to find a suitable business and complete all the necessary paperwork yourself. However, it can be a great choice for people who are determined to start their own business in the United States. No matter which option you choose, investing in an EB-5 visa can be a great way to register permanent residence in the United States.

Step 2: Investing and Filing an I-526 Petition

To obtain an EB-5 immigrant visa, applicants must make a capital investment in a U.S. business. If the business is located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the investment must be $800,000 rather than $1.05 million if the job creation is put into a U.S. company and created in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). Frequently, these investment funds are made into escrow accounts.

Then, an immigration lawyer submits an I-526 petition to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as evidence of this investment. After 31 to 52 months, USCIS normally notifies petitioners if their I-526 petition has been approved. If your I-526 is rejected, the majority of regional centers will reimburse your investment.

Step 3: Getting Conditional Permanent Resident Status

You’ve completed the first two steps and have been approved for an I-526 petition. Congrats! The next step is to apply for conditional permanent resident status. You can do this by submitting Form DS-260 to the National Visa Center. If you’re already authorized to live in the United States, you’ll need to submit Form I-485 instead. In either case, it’s usually a good idea to have an immigration lawyer help you with the process.

Once you’ve been granted conditional permanent resident status, you’ll be required to live in the United States for a period of two years. After that, however, you’ll be able to travel internationally without any problems. After the two years are up, you can apply to have the conditions on your residency lifted.

Step 4: File an I-829 Petition and Remove the Conditions 

The last step in the process is for applicants to file an I-829 Petition with USCIS in order to remove their two-year conditional status and become permanent residents. 90 days before the applicant’s second anniversary of receiving conditional residency, the I-829 petition must be filed. Documentation must show that the commercial enterprise was kept up throughout the two years of conditional residency.

This application demonstrates that the investor has complied with all EB-5 visa program standards. After receiving the I-829, USCIS typically provides permanent green cards 22 to 45 months later. Once the investor has received their permanent green card, they, their spouse, and their unmarried children under the age of 21 can live and work permanently in the country and have the option to apply to become citizens after five years.

Final Thoughts

The EB-5 visa program is a great way for immigrant investors to obtain permanent residency in the United States. Following the steps outlined above can increase your chances of success in the program. If you have any questions or need help with any part of the process, be sure to contact an experienced immigration attorney.

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