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How can I use an EB-5 visa to travel abroad and reenter the U.S.?

I entered the U.S. several days ago with my newly issued EB-5 visa. I still have not gotten my conditional green card. However, an emergency came up and I had to go back to my home country immediately. If my EB-5 visa is still valid by the time I travel back to the U.S., can I use it again to enter the U.S. border?

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Look at the dates on the immigrant visa itself and you can travel on those dates and return before it expires. Also, look for an M for multiple entries. If this is not an option, make an INFOPASS appointment for an I-551 stamp in your passport, evidencing your new permanent resident status.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The endorsed immigrant visa stamped in your passport is valid for one year and should suffice for travel. Try and get your card mailed to you when you reenter. If you plan to be out for an extended period of time, you need to apply for a reentry permit.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you have a stamp showing temporary proof of status, you can reenter as long as it is not expired.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your stamp on your passport serves as the temporary green card but you may want to get an infopass appointment too, just in case.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The stamp you received in your passport should be valid for one year, work and travel authorized.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, you may use the immigrant visa in your passport to travel during the validity period of the visa if your green card has not been issued yet. A machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV) usually has the following text on it: UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR. When a new immigrant first enters the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will stamp the passport with an admission stamp that indicates the immigrant has permanent resident status and has the date the new immigrant entered the U.S. The foreign passport with the MRIV is evidence that the holder has permanent residence status for one year from the date of admission.

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