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How can an Iranian citizen get an EB-5 green card?

In the next few months I will go to America on a tourist visa and my wife will remain in Iran. We want to see about getting a permanent U.S. green card. As Iranian citizens, how can we apply for the EB-5 green card? I heard we have to get a special license. Is this true? If so, will it be easier to begin the EB-5 application process from the United States?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The EB-5 requirements are the same for every EB-5 investor, regardless of his or her country of nationality. The license to which you refer, the OFAC license, is required only in certain circumstances. You should consult with an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney who has represented Iranian investors successfully in the past regarding your source of funds and path of funds options. You may be surprised at how easy it is; in 2014, EB-5 investors from Iran were in eighth place worldwide for EB-5 green cards.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
    Answered on

    Yes you are correct - we have to get clearance from the feds to move your funds to the United States.

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    Louis M Piscopo

    Immigration Attorney
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    As an Iranian citizen you can apply for an EB-5 green card. While the funds cannot come directly from Iran to the United States, they can be transferred from a third country to the U.S.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can apply for EB-5 status, but I believe you need a form from the Treasury Dept. to help verify the sources of funds.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    In most cases the OFAC license is no longer being required. You would visa process in Dubai or Turkey.

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    Anthony Korda

    Immigration Attorney
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    The EB-5 visa program is open to Iranian citizens. No special license is required unless the funds used are embargoed, in which case OFAC clearance is required. You should contact an experienced EB-5 attorney to discuss your case to determine whether any restrictions apply in your case.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    Iranian citizens can now apply for EB-5 without any license, as long as the funds transferred to the United States are their personal funds and do not come from a government-run bank in Iran. Most of our clients send the money to Dubai or other place and then have the funds wired to the United States. With proper planning, it can work fine. Be sure to get an experienced immigration lawyer to assist you!

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    You would need an OFAC determination and perhaps an OFAC license, but otherwise the process is the same. If you are in the United States you can meet with project principals and immigration attorneys in person, but we have many clients who do not enter the United States until they receive their conditional permanent residency.

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