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How will the travel ban impact my EB-5 application?

I am a Syrian national born in Saudi Arabia and residing in UAE. I have invested in a second citizenship and got my Dominica passport. I am now exploring my option to immigrate to the U.S. I know that adjudication of EB-5 is based on the country of birth of the applicant, but will my nationality impact my ability to enter the country since Syria is part of the banned countries?Will my EB-5 application be impacted also?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The EB-5 category does not explicitly exempt from the travel ban restrictions and a waiver application may be required if restriction applies. A waiver process is on a case-by-case basis.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, petitioners are judged according to their country of birth. Even though you are a Syrian national, your petition is likely to be adjudicated as a Saudi Arabian where you were you born, rather than as a Syrian. Advisably, consult your EB-5 attorney prior to taking further action.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You were born in Saudi Arabia. Given this and assuming you carry the Saudi passport, your visa will be attached to Saudi Arabia, rather than Syria. You may have issues given the dual passports.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    People who have dual nationality/citizenship with a non-restricted country are not affected by the ban, so long as they travel on the passport from the other country, nor will it affect your ability to process for EB-5.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    As a Syrian-born national but also a citizen of Dominica, you should not be subject to the Syrian travel ban. You will have no difficulty in applying for and filing an EB-5 investor petition on Form I-526. Once approved, you would then be eligible to apply for your immigrant visa at the appropriate consulate abroad. That could be in Dominica or more likely at the American embassy in Abu Dhabi. Again, you should not be subject to the travel ban.

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