How can I quit my H-1B job and start a business with pending EB-5 I-485 and I-526 forms? - EB5Investors.com

How can I quit my H-1B job and start a business with pending EB-5 I-485 and I-526 forms?

I have received my EB-5 EAD and my I-131 is approved. My I-485 and I-526 are still pending. Besides the risk of losing status if the I-485 or I-526 get denied, are there any other consequences of using my EAD status and quitting my H-1B job?

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F Oliver Yang

F Oliver Yang

Immigration Attorneys
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Your understanding is correct. It is usually recommended to keep maintaining your current status if possible, but if you really want to use the EAD you can use it.

Bernard P Wolfsdorf

Bernard P Wolfsdorf

Immigration Attorneys
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If your I-526 case is strong, meaning the source of funds is clean and the project has created the requisite number of jobs, then you can likely take a chance if you are not worried about maintaining lawful underlying nonimmigrant status, which would provide a safety net if the adjustment or I-526 petition were denied.

Dennis Tristani

Dennis Tristani

Immigration Attorneys
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You have listed the one possible consequence which is you will be without status should the I-485 be denied. There are no other issues with quitting your H-1B job and using your EAD card to pursue your own business.

Lynne Feldman

Lynne Feldman

Immigration Attorneys
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That is the main consequence.

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