In order to qualify as an immigrant investor and obtain a visa through the EB-5 Program, the investor/applicant will need to submit a Form I-526 (the latest version of the form can be found at www.uscis.gov).
The I-526 form seeks:
- Biographical information including nationality, address history, and employment history
- Information about your current immigration status
- Details about your qualifying Investment
- Information about any prior immigration proceedings which you may have been involved in, and,
- Biographical information about your family members
While a lot of this information on the I-526 form is straightforward, much of it is complex. Hiring an immigration attorney is important. The EB-5 immigration visa practice is very specialized, and it is recommended that you find, not only an immigration attorney but an immigration attorney who is well-versed in handling EB-5 applications. This will not only help to ensure a streamlined process for preparing and submitting your application, it may also avoid unnecessary mistakes, delays, and denials.
When you have committed to becoming an EB-5 investor and retained a lawyer, you will have a lot of work ahead of you. You will need to provide your lawyer with extensive biographical documents for you, your spouse, and any children who are seeking a visa as part of your application. Additionally, your lawyer will need to gather documents to evidence the “lawful source” of your EB-5 investment funds. The documents that will be needed vary depending on the exact source of your investment funds.
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