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DS-260 & Consular Processing

After an EB-5 petitioner living outside of the U.S. has his or her I-526 or I-526E petition approved, USCIS will submit that petition to the National Visa Center (NVC).  The NVC then gives the petition a case number. 

The petitioner then files a DS-260 petition online and undergoes consular processing in order to be issued conditional permanent residency.

This process has two steps: online filing of the DS-260 with the U.S. Department of State, and then a visa interview at the consulate or embassy in petitioner’s home country.

Required documentation for the DS-260 application includes biographical information such as address history, employment history, military information (if applicable), and a disclosure of social media for the past five years, the National Visa Center case number, medical information, and criminal history (if applicable) information.

Upon approval, the principal petitioner and dependent family members are issued conditional Green Cards and can live in the U.S.

Consular processing generally takes about six to 12 months.

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