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How many times can I use my EB-5 visa to enter the U.S.?

I entered the U.S. with my EB-5 visa a week ago. I am still waiting for the conditional green card to be mailed to me. However, I have a family emergency and have to travel back to my home country immediately. When I come back, can I use the EB-5 visa, which is still valid, to enter the border? Will this change the start date of my permanent residency?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your conditional residency started when you entered. Provided your passport is valid, the endorsed visa should be acceptable for up to one year, or one year from the time listed on the visa stamp.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you are still waiting for the conditional green card to be mailed to you, it means you are a conditional resident and you should have a stamp on your passport showing that you entered as a conditional resident! Based on the conditional residency stamp you have on your passport, you can travel and come back.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
    Answered on

    When you enter the U.S., your passport was stamped with the I-551. This is evidence of your permanent residency status until your plastic green card shows up in the mail. Yes! You can travel with this stamp and it is valid for one year. The moment you get your plastic card, though, now the card becomes your proof of permanent residency.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    When you enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa based upon an approved EB-5 petition, you would be admitted as a conditional lawful permanent resident, and have a valid stamp in your passport indicating your lawful permanent residency which you can use to prove same while you're waiting for your permanent card to be mailed to you. If you depart the U.S., you would re-enter the U.S. not on your immigrant visa, but based upon the fact that you are already a conditional lawful permanent resident as evidenced by the stamp in your passport showing your admission.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your immigrant visa should contain annotation that it is evidence of I-551 for 1 year upon annotation. When you initially entered the U.S. and got admitted as conditional permanent residency, your passport should have admission stamp with the date of admission as conditional LPR. So I-551 in immigrant visa annotation is valid for 1 year after that date for travel and employment.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Usually, those are single-use visas. You may need to request emergency travel from your local USCIS office.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Look at the visa itself and you may re-enter up to the expiration date indicated, unless multiple entries are restricted.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can enter on the permanent residency stamp placed into your passport at your initial entry. The stamp is valid for up to a year or until the green card is issued - whichever comes first.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The EB-5 visa is good for one entry. Upon that entry your residency is established. You are now a conditional resident. If you have not yet received your green card, you could possibly schedule an INFOPASS appointment to request a residency stamp in your passport.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The I-551 stamp should be valid for one year and for multiple entries. You can use it to travel until you receive your conditional green card. It will not affect your start date for permanent residency, which should be your first entry date with your immigrant visa, i.e., your ''resident since'' date.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can travel and re-enter the country. The card will eventually be mailed to you. However, bear in mind, this incident will not change the start date of your permanent residency.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your initial entry triggered the card production and your lawful permanent resident status. You can subsequently travel using the immigrant visa stamp until the card is issued during the validity period of the stamp without changing your start date of permanent residency.

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