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How can I start a business while I am on a conditional green card for EB-5?

If I decide to invest in a regional center and the I-526 gets approved, will I be able to invest or start a new business (apart from the regional center investment which remains untouched) with the temporary green card?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Other than the conditions to show you created jobs, the temporary green card acts like a full green card (proof of status, ability to work and travel). Any employment, including self-employment, should be ok.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, there are no restrictions on this - you are a green card holder with all rights attendant thereto.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, for sure.

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    F Oliver Yang

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes. The conditional green card is a green card with a 2-year expiration that allows you to work for any employer.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, you can. In fact, you don''t need to be a U.S. permanent resident to be an investor. In addition, please be advised that an approval of I-526 does not grant you the conditional residency. You need to either file I-485 or go through consular processing to get a conditional green card.

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    Karen-Lee Pollak

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    There is nothing stopping you from starting a new business while on a conditional EB-5 green card.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    A temporary green card is the same as a regular green card and you can absolutely start a business while on the conditional card.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    A conditional, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. can work in the U.S. as an employee, independent contractor, or be self employed.