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Which type of visa should I apply for to enter the U.S. to conduct due diligence on the regional center projects that I am interested in?

I am a prospective EB-5 investor. I want to enter the U.S. to do due diligence on regional center projects and make the required investment. Which type of entry visa should I apply for? Do I need an invitation letter from the regional centers?

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    A B visa for tourism/business is what you need. You may come from a country that is visa exempt and might not need any visa at all.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should apply for a B-1 visa. The B-1 visa is a business visitor visa.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you wish to visit the U.S. you will apply for a visitor's visa.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    A business visitor visa could be good. Invitations from RCs would be nice to show the officers as well.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    The appropriate visa category for a business visitor is B-1. The non-immigrant visa you apply for should be a B-1/B-2, which is the visitor visa. An invitation from a regional center is not required, but certainly can be a part of your visa application package. You should focus on demonstrating that you currently are not an intending immigrant to the United States and that you have sufficient ties (family, social, economic) to your home country so that the consular officer reviewing your application can see that you are likely to return to your home country and not overstay in the United States.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    First of all, let me congratulate you on your decision to come and conduct the due diligence on the project you plan to invest in. It is a great idea. Unfortunately, most investors who reside overseas do not take the trouble to do this. You can come in on a B-1/B-2 visiting tourist visa. Make sure to declare and hopefully prove your intent to visit the United States to be of "temporary" nature. You should purchase a return ticket, which would be evidence that you plan to return. If you are a citizen of a visa waiver country you can get ESTA through an online application. It would be that simple. You do not need an invitation letter from the regional center, but if they gave you one it would certainly be helpful.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should apply for B-1 and ensure you are able to show non-immigrant intent via strong ties to home country, i.e., residence, family, employment, property.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should apply for a multiple entry B-1/B-2 visitor's visa and seek admission to the U.S. as a visitor for business. An appropriate business trip would include one that you would make as a prospective investor, and same is provided for as proper B-1 usage in the Foreign Affairs Manual.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You could apply for a B-1/B-2.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    B-2 will work or ESTA, if you are from an ESTA country. An invitation letter is helpful but more importantly, you will need to prove you are coming temporarily and will return to your home country.

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    Mitch Wexler

    Immigration Attorney
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    A B-1/B-2 visitor visa is appropriate for that purpose. If you are a citizen of a visa waiver country, you can enter pursuant to ESTA. A letter from the project or regional center would help demonstrate the temporary or "non-immigrant" nature of your visit, along with a return ticket and evidence of other ties to your home country. Exploring investment opportunities is specifically indicated as permissible B-1 (business visitor) activities.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can apply for B-1/B-2 visa. An invitation letter is not necessary and in many cases it will not make a difference.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can enter as a visitor (B-1/B-2) to meet and conduct due diligence.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should seek a B-1/B-2 visiting visa. Advisably, you should try to engage an EB-5 professional such as an attorney or any other who can assist you in conducting a due-diligence investigation. Just be aware that a mere visit on the invitation of a regional center may not necessarily address all the due-diligence information you need.

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