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Are EB-5 visa cases from some countries more closely examined by USCIS?

Does the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services scrutinize certain EB-5 cases more than others, depending on which countries the applicant is emigrating from? For instance, are cases from Iran and Pakistan more closely examined than those from other countries? Can investors from those countries still participate in the EB-5 visa program?

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS knows that in certain countries obtaining false documents are easier than others, this may influence examiners to scrutinize applications from those countries. Iran is also under OFAC sanctions which will automatically pose further scrutiny by adjudicating officers.

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    Brandon Meyer

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS always state that this is not the case, but long experience demonstrates otherwise.

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    Boyd Campbell

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes. At least that has been my experience. But investors from those countries may still participate in the EB-5 Program.

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