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USCIS Processing Times for EB-5 Investor Visas (Green Cards) Released

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released an updated processing report for EB-5 investor visa applications.  EB-5 investor visas are permanent visas (green cards) for investors who invest $1.8 million (or $900,000 in targeted employment areas) and create 10 jobs.  The average processing time for an EB-5 investor visa application is now 32.5 – 49.5 months.  Once the application is approved, the investor receives a conditional permanent resident status for two years.  Then, within 90 days before the second anniversary of obtaining the conditional permanent resident status, the investor has to file a petition to remove conditions on his or her residence.  The average processing time to remove conditions on residence is 21 – 45.5 months.  The investors who do not want to be actively involved in directing their investment, can invest through one of the approved regional centers.  The processing time for an application to designate a regional center is 5.4 months.  If you would like to discuss the best way to obtain EB-5 investor visa (green card), CALL us TODAY at 480-425-2009 or contact us via our website, and experienced EB-5 investor visa attorney will help you!

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What is the difference between E-2 visa and EB-5 visa?

While E-2 visa are temporary visa always issued for a limited period of time (several
years), EB-5 visa are permanent visa. E-2 visa are based on treaty between the U.S. and the
country of investor’s citizenship. If there is no treaty between the U.S. and the country
of investor’s citizenship, the investor cannot get E-2 visa. EB-5 visa are not limited to
only investors from some countries. The investment amount for EB-5 visa is $1.8 million or
$900,000 in a Targeted Employment Area. There is no dollar limit for E-2 visa, but the
investment amount has to be “substantial”. In order to qualify for EB-5 visa, an investor
has to create 10 full time jobs for U.S. workers. E-2 investor has to create at least one
job for U.S. worker. For more information about E-2 and EB-5 visa, please visit
https://www.juraslaw.com/Immigration/Investor-Visa.shtml or call our office to talk with an
experienced Investor Visa Attorney at 480-425-2009.