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Which option is faster for my wife to enter the U.S., with a CR-1 visa or an EB-5 visa?

I am a U.S. citizen and got married five months ago to a Morocco-born woman. I already have a business plan and $2 million to expand my existing business in the U.S. I have two options to help my wife get a green card: One is to apply for a CR-1 visa and the other is to apply for an EB-5 visa, with her being the principal applicant based on the business plan and the investment capital that I already have. Given the current processing time of USCIS, which option should I choose?

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should sponsor your wife for permanent residency based on your marriage. The permanent residency case involving your marriage is the best path for your wife to become a U.S.permanent resident. An EB-5 case is not a good option in this situation.

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    Sally Amirghahari

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most definitely you should choose the CR-1 option.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    I would suggest you file a family-based immigration petition instead of EB-5.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 would be faster.

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    Robert West

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 is much faster.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 will be faster. It will also cost you less.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 is much faster.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 will be years faster.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    Congratulations. Most definitely you should go for the CR-1 option. She should be able to get a green card much faster that way than the EB-5.

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    Jan Pederson

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 should be pursued. Much faster and more certain.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Immediate relative CR-1 is fastest.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most likely faster through your wife, based on your I-130 immediate relative petition.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, the CR-1 is faster than EB-5. Also, in terms of financial expenses/investment in prosecuting and processing time for either case, the CR-1 certainly costs less.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    CR-1 (family based processing as a spouse of a U.S. citizen) would be faster at present and less taxing as far as documentation and burden of proof are concerned.

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