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How do I prepare for an embassy interview?

Do I have to meet someone in the embassy of my home country to get my temporary visa? Is there an interview? If there is an interview, what should I prepare? I''m not sure what the process is for a temporary visa and I would like to get to the U.S. as soon as possible.

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is unclear as to what type of visa you have petitioned for. Please note that the EB-5 visa program does not grant a temporary visa. If you petitioned for an EB-5 visa, questions pertaining to the investment and origins of the funds may be asked. Further, consulate processing will determine your admissibility to the United States. It is recommended to become familiar with information regarding the EB-5 project and the content within your I-526 petition.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    An Embassy interview is part of what is known as consular processing. The preparation for interview depends on what visa you are applying for and it may even further depend on the country you are coming from as the U.S. State Department in charge of all U.S. Embassies may tailor the interview to fit the conditions in each country. Generally, you will be asked for basic information such as the type of visa you applying for, the duration for your planned visit to the US, (and if it appears you are going to stay longer, be prepared to describe source(s) of funds for both your travel and period you are going to be in the US) and other issues. If you need further details, contact our office so that we can provide information relating to your specific situation, country and other procedural issues.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is a good idea to be prepared for your immigrant visa interview. I prepare all of my clients beforehand and make sure they are ready for the questions that will be asked and that they have all of the necessary documents. Some of the typical questions at an EB-5 immigrant visa interview have to do with the amount you invested, what you invested in, where is it located, is there any guaranteed return, what was the source of your funds, and an extensive inquiry and investigation into your background and immigration history. At the very least, you should read your I-526 petition, and read the EB-5 business plan and the supporting documents. Again, a good immigration attorney will prepare you in advance for the interview, since it is such an important part of the process.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    First, please note that through the EB-5 program, you would obtain permanent residency (first conditional, then full permanent residency). That is, it is not a temporary visa. For any visa interview, retaining experienced U.S. Immigration counsel would be very beneficial for the interview process, in which we would prepare you for the entire process and types of questions. We would also prepare and organize any documentation needed.

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    Marc Yelnick

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is unclear the type of visa for which you want to apply. EB5/investor visas are usually not considered to be temporary.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on what type of temporary visa you are applying for and what your prior visa history is. Best is to retain an immigration attorney to guide you through the process so you know what the consulate will be looking for. Most temporary visas are discretionary so the best you can do is address the issues they need addresses, bring the required proof and be honest about your plans and intent to return abroad.

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    Margo Chernysheva

    Immigration Attorney
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    More information is needed in order to answer your question as I am not sure what you mean by "temporary visa". Please talk to your attorney who filed your EB5 visa for more details or hire one if you do not have one.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    The best advise is to seek the guidance of an experienced EB-5 attorney, such as our law firm. Not only do you need guidance filling out the correct forms, supplying the correct documentation,but you also need to prepare for the anticipated questions at the U.S .consulate interview for the conditional permanent residency interview.The U.S. consulate will ask questions about the EB-5 project and your intention to live permanently in the U.S.

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    Jan Pederson

    Immigration Attorney
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    An EB5 is an immigrant visa application for a permanent visa. I am not sure the type of visa you are requesting. Please provide information on your country of citizenship and where you want to apply for a non-immigrant visa and the purpose of the trip. I can help you better with more information.

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    Rebecca White

    Immigration Attorney
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    I am not clear if you are considering a tourist or visitor or other non-immigrant visa prior to an EB-5 filing. The answer will vary depending upon the specific visa and the consulate location.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    You will have an interview at a US Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The questions will mainly be about how you got the money for the investment (was the money legally obtained?) and a little about the investment you are making in the USA. You should read all the documents in your application and study them for the interview.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    The attorney who helped you with the I-526 application should be advising you of the next step necessary and prepare you for the interview. Otherwise, please consult with a lawyer who could walk you through the process now.

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