Waiting for one’s EB-5 Visa petition to be approved by USCIS can be a stressful time in an Immigrant Investor’s life. Your future is uncertain and placed in the hands of the US government. However, when you finally do receive that call from your attorney informing you that your petition has been approved, you realize it was worth the wait. You are now one-step closer to permanent residency in the US, and eventually US citizenship. But what happens next? What does an I-526 Approval Notice entail?
Once your EB-5 Visa petition has been approved, your attorney must either 1) adjust your status, or 2) initiate consular processing. Which path your attorney takes is determined by your current location.
By far, the easier and more convenient option is to adjust status. However, an attorney may only adjust an Immigrant Investor’s status if the client is present in the United State at the time of the EB-5 approval and able to remain lawfully in the US during the adjustment of status filing.
For adjustment of status, timing is key. For example, immigrant investors who are presently residing in the US on an F-1 Student Visa may adjust their status upon approval of their I-526 Petition.
The more common way for investors to complete their EB-5 process is to have the attorney initiate consular processing. In these instances the investor is currently residing in their home country (or another country abroad) and is not present in the US at the time of their I-526 approval.
When an attorney begins consular processing for a client it originates with the National Visa Center, or NVC. During this process the investor will be required to provide certain original documents for the attorney to present to the NVC. After the attorney has completed their work, an appointment will be scheduled for the investor at their designated US embassy or consulate.
For more information on the EB-5 process contact our office today.
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The Information contained in this blog is for information purposes only, and should not be considered legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information provided is not a substitute for consultation with an attorney. No attorney/client relationship is created by the information contained herein.
Kyle Barella, Esq.