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Is the age of EB-5 dependent children still frozen after the approval of I-526 and before a visa interview?

My son was 20 years and three months old when we filed an EB-5 application last month with him being our dependent. We understand that his age will be considered unchanged during the pending period of I-526. What happens to his age after the I-526 is approved and before we can schedule an appointment at the U.S. consular post? We are worried that he might age out.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    That is correct. His age is "frozen" while the EB-5 petition is pending. Unless you are a national of a backlogged country, he may be able to process as a dependent if you are able to quickly file the immigrant visa application upon the approval of the I-526 petition.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Unless you are from a country facing heavy retrogression, that will probably be OK, but it would be a great idea to pursue the green card as quickly as possible without delay.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It all depends on when his priority date becomes current and his age then. He must file if under age within a year of the priority date being current.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you as the investor is a citizen of a country that is not retrogressing, then your child who was under 21 years of age at the time of filing the I-526 petition, and now over 21, should still be able to apply for the conditional permanent residency visa.

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    Jan Pederson

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It depends on whether EB-5 is backlogged from your country of birth. If it is not backlogged, since you filed, now or after, the age is frozen.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    No, the age is frozen only when petition or application is pending; the risk is that your son could age out if there are no visa numbers available at the time the petition is approved.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You will also have up to two years after the I-526 is approved before he will be considered that he has aged out.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Provided your country of chargeability is not backlogged at the time of approval, and you take steps to "seek to acquire" status by filing the DS-260 and paying the fee bill, the age of the child is likely protected or frozen.

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