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What is the EB-5 eligibility of foreign nationals not living in their country of origin?

I have Algerian citizenship but I currently live as a resident in Turkey. Can I apply from my Turkish home for EB-5? Do I need to return to Algeria or am I advised to apply from somewhere else?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    When you apply for the green card you will notify the NVC of your nationalities and residences, and they will probably schedule the appointment based on residency.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can file I-526 anywhere. Retain a U.S.-based EB-5 attorney to help you competently prepare and file your case with USCIS. When I-526 is approved, you can consular process for an immigrant visa in your country of nationality or your country of residence (Turkey) if you have residency status there.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    There is no requirement that you be living in any particular country to be EB-5 eligible.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
    Answered on

    You can apply from wherever you wish. You do not need to return to Algeria to apply.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You will be treated as an Algerian national.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can apply from anywhere you want. You can process the immigrant visa in a U.S. consulate either in your country of nationality or current residence.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can apply from anywhere. Let us know if we can help you.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
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    EB-5 is tied to country of birth, not citizenship.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you are a legal resident in Turkey you can have your final interview there, either Ankara or Istanbul.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Yes, you may file an EB-5 petition on Form I-526 anywhere you currently reside. If you have obtained appropriate residency status in Turkey, upon the approval of your EB-5 investor petition, you can go to your final interview at the appropriate American consulate in Turkey. Otherwise, you would normally apply at the consulate section at the U.S. embassy in Algeria.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You may file for consular processing in either country. Option to select is on the forms.

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