Consular Processing

Consular Processing: What is required?

When an EB-5 petitioner living outside of the U.S. has an approved I-526 or I-526E petition, USCIS will send the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will then send the petitioner instructions on how to apply for a visa through a U.S. consulate or embassy in the petitioner’s country.

The foreign investor will be required to submit additional documentation, such as financial records, passports, and police clearance certificates, to the consulate or embassy. The petitioners will also have to provide fingerprints and undergo a medical exam.

The foreign investor will also be required to attend an in-person interview at the consulate or embassy. During the interview, the consular officer focuses on the basic admissibility issues of the petitioner.

After the interview, the consulate or embassy will make a decision on the EB-5 visa application. If the visa is approved, the petitioner will receive a visa and can then travel to the United States to live and work as a conditional permanent resident.

The processing time of EB-5 consular processing may vary depending on various factors such as the consulate location, the demand for EB-5 visas, and the foreign investor's personal circumstances.

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