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Find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about Green Cards through an EB-5 program below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers about Green Cards

What is the procedure to apply for the U.S. green card through the EB-5 program?

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Applying for the U.S. green card through the EB-5 program is a two-step process. The first step is to file the I-526 Petition for a conditional green card. Under the USCIS regulations, an EB-5 investor who is approved for the EB-5 immigrant visa first receives a "conditional" green card, which is granted upon the approval by USCIS of the investor's I-526 Petition. The second step is to file the I-829 Petition to lift the condition and receive a permanent green. One year and nine months after the conditional green card is issued, the investor has 90 days to file the I-829 Petition to lift the condition. If all investment and job creation requirements are met, USCIS will grant the "unconditional" or permanent green card.

How long is the processing time for the I-526 Petition?

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From the date that one submits the I-526 Petition, the current waiting period takes approximately 6 months to receive the approval notice of the I-526.

How long is the processing time for the I-829 Petition?

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From the date that one submits the I-829 Petition, the current waiting period can take approximately 5 months to receive the approval notice of the I-829. The San Francisco Regional Center (SFRC) provides the job creation verification to USCIS for each investor's I-829 application and ensures that the USCIS job creation requirements are met. Once the I-829 petition is filed with the USCIS, investor's conditional permanent residency is extended for one more year.

What is the difference between "conditional" and "unconditional" green cards?

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A conditional green card is a temporary green card valid for two years. An "unconditional" or permanent green card has no expiration date. Other than the difference in expiration date, conditional and unconditional green cards provide cardholders the same rights as legal residents in the United States.

What is the difference between permanent residency and citizenship?

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U.S. Green Card holders and citizens enjoy almost the same legal rights and social security benefits, except the right to vote, which is available to a U.S. citizen.