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Can I renew my passport if I already have my EB-5 visa interview scheduled?

I have already scheduled an appointment for my EB-5 visa. However, my passport is going to expire soon in less than six months. Do we need to get a new passport before the visa interview? Is it okay to be inconsistent with the passport numbers on the DS-260 form?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, the Department of State requires, at the interview, an unexpired passport valid for six months beyond the date of intended entry. So you should get a new passport.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should go ahead and start processing your passport. During the interview, bring the old passport along with you. There is no need for a passport number to match the one in the DS-260 application.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I think it will be a good idea to renew your passport so you have more than six months validity before you go to the interview.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you can expedite the processing of the passport, you should renew prior to the interview. You can advise the consulate of the new passport/passport number when you are at the interview.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is ok to get a new passport. Just make sure to bring both to the interview.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Renewing passport should not be a problem. Be sure you have a passport in hand though at the interview. If the old one must be surrendered, copy each page first.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you have a new passport, the information has to be updated on the DS-260.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should renew your passport.

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