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How can the consulate interview location be changed?

I started the EB-5 application in China and I moved to France afterwards. Now I am living in France, but all of my documents and lawyer are still in China, and I was told that I have to go back to China for the interview. I do not want to go back just for the interview. How can I change the consulate interview location from China to France?

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Based upon your residency in France you should be able to schedule an interview at the U.S. consulate in France to obtain the conditional permanent residency visa.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is possible to request a change of embassy with a reason for the change and proof of status in France. This is generally done by e-mailing the NVC. This may cause a delay in the processing of your case.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You may be able to request a change of consulate, but that can severely delay the processing of the case. It is unlikely you will keep your original interview date.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can request a transfer of your file from the consulate and then notify the National Visa Center (NVC). You may have to file a Form I-824 with USCIS, which will notify the appropriate U.S. consular office in France of the approval of your I-526 petition. This likely will delay processing of your case by several months or longer. An experienced immigration attorney should be able to help you with this process.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can request a change of venue. Your attorney can undertake the process for you. However, be aware that it may take a while before your request is granted. Therefore, weigh both options before you proceed.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    The American consulate at the U.S. embassy in Paris, France may take jurisdiction of your case, always on a discretionary basis. However, as a practical matter, it is highly unlikely they would accept jurisdiction of your case unless you have established residency in France. If you reside legally in France and have appropriate long-term visa status, once your I-526 petition is approved, you can request that the American Consular Section of the U.S. embassy in Paris be notified of the approval so that you can be scheduled in Paris.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    You would have to contact the U.S. Department of State in Washington and make a request citing a good reason.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Two options. One is to file an I-824; the other is ask the U.S. embassy in Paris to accept and transfer the case.

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    Peter Zhang

    Immigration Attorney
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    It will be difficult. But you should contact your local embassy for more information.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Once the case is at the National Visa Center you can request a consular change. You will need to show you are legally present in France and get the permission of that consulate to handle your case.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can request this through the U.S. consulate itself or through the National Visa Center. Changes of this sort could add substantial processing time, if approved.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your lawyer who filed the I-526 should be able to work with the NVC after the I-526 is approved with your permanent residency documents stating that you are now a legal resident of France to request the consulate post to be changed. This will not work if you are just in France temporarily as the visitor.

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    Louis M Piscopo

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If your case is still pending with USCIS, you can notify them of your new address and request that they notify the consulate in France once your case is approved. If it was already approved, you have to file Form I-824 and request that a new consulate be notified. However, for either option you will have to provide proof you are legally residing in France in order for the U.S. consulate in France to accept your case.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Let them know where you are living on your DS forms and they will decide where to schedule you.

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