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What can I expect at an EB-5 consulate interview?

What types of questions will they ask at a consulate interview? Is I-924 approval required before we go to the interview?

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    You need to arrange for assistance from an immigration attorney who can help prepare you for the interview. It will depend on the details of the project, your investment and even the specific consulate location you are going to.

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    Your attorney should prepare you for the consular interview. If he or she does not, then you must know the details of your I-526 petition and project details. You also need to submit civil documents required along with your Immigrant Visa application and each of your immediate family members (spouse and unmarried child or children under age 21 if applicable).

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    You will be scheduled for your final interview at the appropriate American Consulate once your EB-5 Investor Petition on Form I-526 is approved and visa numbers are available. Upon the approval of your EB-5 Investor Petition, notice will be sent to the National Visa Center, and once you have notified the National Visa Center that you have all of your documentation, you will be scheduled for your interview at the appropriate Consular Post abroad. At your interview, the Consular Officer will basically review your record to make sure you have no criminal records or other adverse records that would disqualify you and review the accuracy of the information on your immigrant visa application. The Officer should not seek to re-adjudicate your EB-5 Investor Petition that has already been approved by experienced EB-5 Investor officers at the CIS Regional Office. The Consular Officer would only be able to do that if he or she suspected some form of fraud.

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    This question should be submitted to your investment immigration attorney as the questions asked may very well be specific to your personal circumstances and country of origin.

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    Normally the questions relate to your personal history. For example, they will ask whether or not you have a criminal background and inquire about your immigration record. However, if you have invested in your own project, they may also assess your ability to develop and direct the project.

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    If you I-526 was approved, you do not need the I-924 approval. You should be prepared to answer questions about the investment you have made and how you acquired the funds for that investment. As the I-526 petition package is often 1000 pages or more of documents, your immigration lawyer should summarize the information in that package while preparing you for the interview and provide you with excerpts that are the most relevant to you.

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    Expect questions on all the information in your petition.

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    The consulate will most likely focus on the source of funds issue and may ask some questions about the project. No, an I-924 does not have to be approved.

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    Questions will relate to the underlying visa qualification and to your admissibility to the United States. Yes, you need an approved visa first.

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    The Consulate interview is for the Immigrant Visa, so the focus would be on the immigrant visa application you submitted. The Consulate will review and update any information to the forms/information you submitted. They are not allowed to re-adjudicate the I-526 Immigrant Investor Petition. However, they may ask questions about the investment and your role.

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