EB-5 Green Card Program-Step by Step Process

The EB-5 Green Card Program

Foreign nationals can obtain permanent resident status in the United States by applying for a green card under the EB-5 category
Benefits

Preconditions

Two years after the conditional green cards have been issued, the applicant will need to file a petition evidencing that

EB-5 Green Card Process

Step 1: Investment Funds

The applicant will first need to wire the investment funds and Regional Center administrative fees into the Regional Center’s checking account. As indicated above, the investment funds total USD$500,000. The administrative fees total USD$45,000. Therefore, the investor must transfer a total of USD$545,000 to the Regional Center.

Step 2 : File I-526 Petition

TheI-526 petition, otherwise referred to as the Green Card Petition, is a document intensive petition that EB-5 green card applicants must file with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The purpose of the document is to evidence that applicant, the EB-5 green card applicant, have in fact dedicated at least $500,000 USD to a qualifying Regional Center, and have entered into an arrangement with a Regional Center that qualifies the applicant for a green card pursuant to the EB-5 classification.

Step 3: Approval of I-526 Petition

Once the I-526 petition has been approved, the investor will need to file the Green Card Application. If the I-526 is not approved, the investment funds and administrative fees will be refunded in full.

Step 4: Green Card Application

After approval of the I-526 petition, you’ll proceed to file the Green Card Application, marking a pivotal step towards obtaining your EB-5 visa. This application signals your commitment to pursuing U.S. residency through the EB-5 program, backed by your investment in a qualifying Regional Center project.

Step 5: Obtainment of Conditional Green Card

Once the Green Card Application is approved, the applicant and his/her qualifying family members will obtain their conditional green cards. As green card holders (i.e. U.S. permanent residents), the applicant and his/her family will enjoy most of the rights U.S. citizens enjoy – that is, they will be permitted to reside in the U.S. indefinitely, obtain employment without having to get a work visa, and so forth. However, they will need to maintain a residence in the U.S. (i.e. a home in the U.S.) and they should try to spend at least 6 months in the U.S. a year.

Step 6: Removal of Condition on Green Card

Approximately two years after the green cards have been issued, we as your agent will receive a notice to file an I-829 petition to remove the conditions on the green card.

The I-829 will need to evidence that