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Where can an EB-5 investor schedule their InfoPass appointment?

I am an EB-5 investor. I need to get the I-551 stamp at a USCIS office in New York, but everyday the system shows "no appointment available." Can I schedule an InfoPass appointment with a USCIS office in another state (e.g. California) to get the I-551 stamp?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should attempt scheduling online during non-traffic hours or walk in into your local office.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    Typically, an InfoPass appointment is usually scheduled online prior to appearance. As a result, make sure you are scheduled online before showing up at any of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices. It is not a good idea to simply travel to any office as you are not likely to be allowed to meet any official without a scheduled appointment. Advisably, work with either an EB-5 attorney or your attorney.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You could, but first I would determine the reason why New York will not schedule. Is it related to your application or is it generally for all?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS district offices will only accept InfoPass appointments for persons with a residence address in their own jurisdiction; most offices will check IDs, particularly Los Angeles, which processes a number of these stamp requests. You should try the InfoPass appointment page (https://my.uscis.gov/appointment) during off-peak hours, such as after midnight or before 6 a.m. Sometimes, the dates will free up during those periods.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    From the question it appears that you have acquired your lawful permanent residency, perhaps on a conditional basis. Typically you would get a temporary I-551 stamp showing that you are a lawful person of residency in the District Office of the USCIS who has jurisdiction of your case. You should go back in and try to make an InfoPass appointment at the earliest possible date, even if it is far in the future, as some appointment is better than no appointment at all. Getting an appointment in another state can be tricky and could only be done under a discretionary basis.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    InfoPass appointments are meant to be for the convenience of the alien, so you can try to schedule an InfoPass in another state. Since the EB-5 files are not kept in local offices and the officers access the online database, they are usually able to give you information/stamp your passport in any USCIS field office. Keep in mind that it is now possible to schedule InfoPass appointments at some U.S. consulates abroad, although we are experiencing some issues due to lack of training when it comes to stamping the passports, so this option should only be considered as a last resort.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most offices will let you walk in and wait. First thing in the morning is the best time to book as new appointments open up.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    There can be jurisdiction issues, as you supposed to apply in the place that has jurisdiction over your place of residence. That being said, it is likely the office in New Jersey or similar can help you. If you are stuck, you should reach out to your lawyer.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    InfoPass appointment should be at the office near where you live. You should keep trying to get the appointment everyday until you can get the appointment. They just have a lot of people wanting an appointment. Keep trying.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you can register for InfoPass Appointments in other areas/cities/states for better appointment availability. It is usually very challenging to make an InfoPass appointment for the New York District office due to the high volume.

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