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What should I do if I want to select another consulate for the EB-5 visa interview?

I cannot attend the EB-5 visa interview at the same consulate as picked in my DS-260 form. How can I change it? What documents do I need to provide in order to switch to a different consulate?

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    You need to notify the National Visa Center and also check to make sure the new consulate that you want to process through accepts jurisdiction to process your application.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    In order to go to your final interview at a different consulate other than the one you originally indicated on your Form DS-260, you have several different considerations. The first consideration is that the only American consulate that is required to accept jurisdiction of your case is the one that would have jurisdiction of your current place of residence, normally within your own country. There are few exceptions of countries where the U.S. does not have diplomatic representation. The consular post that has jurisdiction of your place of residence must accept your application; any other consular post would need to accept your application on a discretionary basis. So first, you would have to determine whether another consular post would accept jurisdiction. If so, you would then have to notify the National Visa Center.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You will need the guidance of your attorney to coordinate such a change of venue. It is a rather unusual request, but it can be accommodated if properly and promptly requested.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your lawyer should write to NVC with a reason and documentation for changing to a different consulate. This could take a couple of months to change and issue a new appointment.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    In order to transfer a file to another consulate, it is best to write to the other consulate first and ask them to please accept jurisdiction. Then, if they accept, you can ask the prior consulate to transfer. If it is still at NVC you can ask them to designate.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Once your case is with National Visa Center you can request a consulate change. The new consulate must agree to accept your case and you must show you are a resident there or can obtain entry by visa.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    This depends on which stage of the process you are in. Contact NVC and they will instruct you.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    Form I-824 is the proper form to request USCIS to notify a different consulate than the one you listed on your immigrant petition of its approval. USCIS takes several months to process an I-824 form, and you will need to demonstrate that you are within the new consulate's jurisdiction or that it will otherwise accept your immigrant visa application.

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