I am wondering if I still have a chance to apply for the EB-5 regional center program before Sept. 30. My investment funds should be cleared by Aug. 20. What should I do now to prepare before the funds are ready?
You have a very short time frame to file an I-526 appropriately. I suggest you contact an immigration attorney specialized in EB-5 petitions to assist so you do not make mistakes in the submission.
You should invent a time machine? Just kidding! It's cutting it very close, but if you have already identified a regional center investment you like, you can work with an immigration attorney right away to authenticate those funds and file that I-526. Hopefully those petitions will be honored if the program ends or if new regulations pass by then (which is unlikely, but who knows?).
If you have not already done so, retain an immigration attorney to start the process ASAP and also help you to organize additional supporting documents needed for the filing, etc.
It is easy to file an EB-5 investor petition on Form I-526 before Sept. 30 simply by filing a petition prior to that date. If your investment funds are cleared by Aug. 20, you would have plenty of time to do so. What you should do is make a selection of your investment project in which you wish to invest and have your attorney start preparing the required documents, including the source of funds documentation so that when your funds are cleared by Aug. 20, your attorney will be able to file your I-526 petition timely and prior to Sept. 30. I should also say that I expect that the EB-5 regional center program will be extended prior to Sept. 30 as part of a continuing resolution.
You can still apply before Sep. 30. Given the tight deadline, it is advised you retain an EB-5 immigration lawyer immediately to begin preparing the petition. You can start the process with the attorney before the funds clear. There is much that goes into an EB-5 petition in addition to making the investment. The source of funds will likely be the biggest focus for your EB-5 counsel.
You should hire an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney who can work with you to prepare your lawful source of funds documents and start your I-526 petition.
Yes, you should be apply before the Sept. 30. You should hire an immigration attorney.
Retain counsel to get everything else ready, select your regional center and review the documents you will need to sign with counsel.
You may still apply at any time before Sept. 30, 2018, so there is still time. First things first, you should analyze and decide which regional center project you want to invest in. Second, we must look at your source of funds and decide how we are going to present it and what documents we will need. Finally, we must gather all personal documents and biographical information to fill out all the necessary forms.
You still have time to file your EB-5 application. You should start gathering documents to demonstrate how you legally earned the investment funds. You should retain an experienced EB-5 attorney to assist with this process.
You have time as long as you have identified and found a project at a regional center.
If you work with an experienced EB-5 immigration lawyer, you should be able to file by Sept. 30, providing that you have chosen an RC project in which to invest. Your immigration lawyer should be able to work with you before the end of August to clear the source of funds documents and should be able to track the path of funds shortly after you invest.
You have time to apply, and it may be likely (as it has the last 3-plus years) that the minimum investment amount does not increase and that the regional center program will be extended before Sept. 30, 2018. I recommend that you hire an immigration specialist now to start to document the source of your investment funds and to build your immigration filing. You should also select your investment and work with a project that can provide your counsel the template of materials needed to submit your filing. Some projects will not release their templated materials until after the investor has subscribed to a project. But others may be different.
There is not much time left, but you should consult with an experienced EB-5 attorney to get his or her opinion if it can be done in time considering your unique source of funds scenario. It is definitely possible. There is a reasonable likelihood there will be another short extension, but nothing has been announced. So we are operating under the assumption that all applications need to leave our office by Thursday, Sept. 27 to arrive by Friday the 28th, since the 30th is on a Sunday and we do not want to take any chances.
You should consult with an investment immigration attorney immediately. Your source of funds documentation is critical to your application and this attorney should be in a position to provide you with a detailed list of the documentation that USCIS will require.
If you invest in a decent regional center, we can get you filed in time. But we would need to start putting together your documents soon.
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