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What questions might be asked during an EB-5 visa consular interview in Mumbai?

My I-526 petition was just approved. I want to know what questions might be asked at the interview at the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. What topics do they focus on? How can I best be prepared for this process?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    I don't know of any questions that consulate asks differently from any other, but generally, questions focus on your understanding of the basics of your investment and funds, and anything else you put on your DS-260. Part of our representation includes interview prep, and your attorney should provide some (even if it costs extra, it's worth it).

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    You should be prepared to answer questions about your source of funds, the project you invested in and personal questions regarding your admissibility. They are of course not expecting you to be an expert on the project but it would be helpful if you could provide an overview with the salient features of the project such as expected number of jobs to be created, total capital to be raised, EB-5 portion etc. Most of this information will be in the brochure of the project. Oftentimes, though regional centers will change certain aspects of the project in the private placement memorandum (PPM). Depending on how much time you have to prepare you might want to check the PPM and its supplements, if any, so that you could be current in front of the interviewing officer. Most importantly, ask your immigration attorney to prepare you for the interview.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    The interview will focus basically on the contents of your I-526 petition on three main issues, namely: source of investment funds (if you can go to the interview with all funding process documents); any health-related issues that may have implications with inadmissibility; and last but not least, being able to give a good description of the project in the U.S. that you had invested. Just know the details around these three main matters and a few minor routine questions you should be fine.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should expect to be asked about your source of funds, the project in which you have invested and admissibility issues (if any). Your lawyer should be able to guide you based on your specific situation. Generally, if the lawyer prepared and filed your NVC consular processing case, he or she would have also submitted a summary of the project documentation and funds tracing documents. Ensure you know all details about your EB-5 case.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Of course, do be sure to review the application and requirements for the visa. Also review the requirements for admission to the U.S. The interview will be over, most likely, in under one minute, so be sure you have all of your papers in order and ready access to them.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should know and should be able to explain - at least summarily - about the project or business in which you have invested. You should be able to explain how you have gathered the funds and path-of-funds movements. This is how your lawyer prepared SOF based on your documents. In other words, you should know what was in your filings to be consistent at the interview. As EB-5 filing is very complicated and voluminous (several inches of documents), your lawyer should point to some key documents from that as summary you should know for the interview.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    This is a great question for your investment immigration attorney who is intimately familiar with your I-526 and the supporting documents. You may be asked about your source of funds and potentially the project itself. The consular officers in Mumbai are very familiar with EB-5. I recommend you ask your investment immigration attorney to do a preparatory session with you prior to the interview.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can expect questions related to project and your SOF and admissibility. The specific questions depend on your personal circumstances. Consult with your lawyer.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    In terms of the questions that will be asked of you during your interview for your immigrant visa based upon an improved EB-5 investor petition on Form I-526, they will ask you normal routine questions verifying information on your application. They could very well ask you questions about the EB-5 project itself although you're not expected to be an expert. Although you're not expected to be an expert, you should generally be aware of the project that you invested in and the nature of the project to be able to answer the questions as to how you selected that particular project. Remember your I-526 petition has already been approved and it would be highly unusual for a consular officer to re-adjudicate same.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    They can focus on anything. But the two main topics are questions about the project and questions about your source of funds. Finally, if you have been in the U.S., they may examine your prior record to see if you have been in compliance with your prior visas.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should be familiar with the project that you have invested in (what type of business it is, your role in the business, etc). Also, as is the case in all immigrant visa interviews, the consul will also ask questions about your background, verify and update all information that you provided in the application process.

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