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EB-5 Visa Process: step by step

Posted by Kurt Reuss on January 07, 2020


There are 4 steps in the EB-5 petitioning process that an immigrant investor should be prepared to complete to become a U.S. permanent resident, along with their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.

EB-5 Visa Requirements

Posted by Kurt Reuss on January 10, 2019

To obtain permanent residency status (i.e. a Green Card) through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the EB-5 investor must meet specific EB5 visa requirements. 

I-526 Petition Requirements and I-526 processing time

Posted by Kurt Reuss on December 01, 2013

For an immigrant investor hoping to obtain his or her green card through the EB5 capital investment program, they must first choose an EB5 project and then make the required capital investment. That path to a green card and potentially to US citizenship, begins with the filing of Form I-526, the Immigration Petition for Alien Entrepreneur. The I-526 petition must be submitted with accompanying evidence in support of the USCIS EB5 program’s requirements. Upon receipt, the USCIS will evaluate and adjudicate the I-526 petition.

Direct Investment or Regional Center Investment

Posted by Kurt Reuss on November 01, 2013

Each EB-5 visa applicant has two investment options, namely a direct investment or an investment through an EB-5 Regional Center.

Direct EB-5 investment means that the EB-5 visa applicant must find his own investment project and must take a direct managerial role in the project’s oversight. While the ultimate goal of an EB-5 investor is to obtain a green card, direct investment tends to be better suited for those who want more hands-on control of their investment and for those who want to earn a higher rate of return on their investment.