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How can an investor apply for EB-5 while traveling abroad?

I would like to make an EB-5 investment before the December deadline. I am currently traveling abroad and will not be in the United States or returning to my home country before that time. Can I apply for EB-5 from a country that I am not a resident of? Is there a requirement that we submit the EB-5 application from a particular location?

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Any foreign national, regardless of where they are residents of or currently visiting, can file the I-526 petition.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You may file from any location. You should engage the services of an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney, who will be doing most of the work for you. You should be able to have internet and possibly telephone/Skype access, and the ability to communicate with your attorney and provide legal source of funds documentation to him or her at your attorney's request in order to be able to prepare and file your case in the United States. This should not be very hard.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes. You may submit an I-526 petition regardless of your physical presence. There is no requirement that the petition be submitted from any particular location.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You may apply from anywhere.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    I assume the I-526 petition will be prepared and filed by your lawyer helping you with this. As we work with clients all over the world, we could easily email all the forms necessary for the client to print out, sign, and FedEx back to us so that we could file. As long as you are traveling to places with internet access and FedEx or some other delivery system available, this is easy.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You do not need to be in the United States to apply.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no requirement as to where you file your application.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can submit the I-526 petition from anywhere (usually, your U.S.-based immigration attorney would be doing it on your behalf anyway). When that is approved, you will need to obtain your EB-5 visa at the U.S. consulate/embassy in your home country.

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