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How long does it take from getting an I-526 approval to getting an EB-5 visa?

I just got my I-526 approval notice yesterday. Since I am not from a country with a visa backlog, I know that I can expect a visa interview notice from the National Visa Center soon. I want to know how long it usually takes from this point to get an EB-5 visa. I need to make plans for relocation in advance.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes four to six weeks for the I-526 to reach NVC and a fee bill to be generated. Then the DS-160 must be completed and all supporting documents uploaded. After the documents are complete, you are in a queue for the interview. The timing depends on the consular backlog where you will be interviewed and how fast you get the DS-260 and supporting documents uploaded.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    That would depend on the processing backlogs of the consulate location that you will be processing for your immigrant visa. The NVC usually takes around 30 to 60 days for completing review and forwarding on the file to the consulate.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    It all depends on how prompt you process your DS-260 and the related documentation. You may be interviewed within a few months, but it is advisable that you should process everything within a relatively short period of time.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Once you get the NVC notice in about 30 to 60 days, it takes on average about three to six months to finish consular processing, depending how quickly you submit documents to NVC and how soon a U.S. embassy schedules an IV interview.

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    Sally Amirghahari

    Immigration Attorney
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    Congratulations on the approval of your I-526. Generally, it should not take more than of two to three months for consular processing unless you get stuck in the administration processing (background check).

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Depending on how quickly you and your lawyer respond to the NVC, anticipate about six months.

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    Mark AM Catam, Esq

    Immigration Attorney
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    Between six to eight months.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    It really depends on which consulate you will be interviewed. Different consulates have different waiting times before an interview can be scheduled. It can range from three to seven months or more.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    To be scheduled for your immigration visa interview abroad will take at least six months or longer.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    Lately, this period has been getting longer, unfortunately. It used to take six to nine months from I-526 approval to consular interview, but it seems like nowadays it is taking 12 months or sometimes even longer. The length of the period could also have to do with your situation.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you act timely, you can expect an interview within approximately three months. But it depends on how quickly you and your attorney submit the docs to NVC, complete the visa app and whether there is an RFE.

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    Jan Pederson

    Immigration Attorney
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    The processing time is generally about six months from I-526 approval to the immigrant visa interview, assuming there is no backlog in the priority date as exists with China, Vietnam, and India. But until the visa is actually issued, I would not make relocation plans.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    First, you will go through a process with the National Visa Center. After you get through this process, you will receive an appointment notice for your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate in your home country. From this point, your immigrant visa interview will likely occur in about two or three months. You immigrant visa will be valid for six months.

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