Reza RahbaranImmigration Attorney
Yes, the money is required to be "at risk" prior to the approval of I-526. Commonly, the funds are placed in an escrow account. An arrangement could be made that states that funds will be released upon approval of I-526 petition. It may be best to apply for a B1 visa, which will allow you to enter the United States and therefore be able to make all necessary business arrangements, then apply once you have returned to your home country.