What can I expect at an EB-5 consulate interview?

You will be scheduled for your final interview at the appropriate American Consulate once your EB-5 Investor Petition on Form I-526 is approved and visa numbers are available. Upon the approval of your EB-5 Investor Petition, notice will be sent to the National Visa Center, and once you have notified the National Visa Center that you have all of your documentation, you will be scheduled for your interview at the appropriate Consular Post abroad.

At your interview, the Consular Officer will review your record to make sure you have no criminal records or other adverse records that would disqualify you and review the accuracy of the information on your immigrant visa application.

The Officer should not seek to re-adjudicate your EB-5 Investor Petition that has already been approved by experienced EB-5 Investor officers at the CIS Regional Office. The Consular Officer would only be able to do that if he or she suspected some form of fraud.

Your attorney should prepare you for the consular interview. If he or she does not, then you must know the details of your I-526 petition and project details. You also need to submit civil documents required along with your Immigrant Visa application and each of your immediate family members (spouse and unmarried child or children under age 21 if applicable).

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