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When can an EB-5 investor join the U.S. army?

I am an EB-5 investor. When can I join the U.S. army? Can I join if I already have a conditional green card through the EB-5 program?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You may join once you have your conditional green card. You should contact your local military recruiter to obtain more details on whether or not they will have issues with the removal of conditions and military service in the event your I-829 is not approved. It is also possible to qualify for expedited naturalization based on military service.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    As an EB-5 investor you can only join the U.S. army once you have your conditional lawful permanent residency or so-called "green card" status.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    That should be no problem, but I would seek the guidance of military recruiters. They would be able to guide you through the process.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    A person holding a conditional green card has all the rights and privileges of a full green card, so it appears the current rule is one must, "Be a permanent legal resident living in the U.S. with permission to work in the country." The issue of course is if the I-829 is denied, will you be discharged, and it appears that if your status is terminated you may have issues. On the positive side, by serving, you may be eligible for expedited naturalization.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should talk to your local armed forces recruiter, but you should be eligible to serve.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may enlist. The "conditions" on your residency have to do with having to prove your investment was used properly and created the required amount of jobs. In all other aspects, it is the same as full permanent residency. The U.S. military may have more specific requirements.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can join the U.S. army once you are in the country on a conditional green card.

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