How to Prepare for an EB-5 Visa Interview
Once an EB-5 investor’s I-526 Petition has been approved by USCIS, the investor and any dependent family members living outside the U.S. can apply for immigrant visas. This application, Form DS-260, is submitted through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the investor’s home country.
After the application is reviewed by the U.S. National Visa Center, the investor and his or her family will be notified of when they will be interviewed and what documentation they will need to bring. This immigrant visa interview will be conducted at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the investor’s home country and is intended to determine the applicant’s admissibility into the United States.
The interviewer will review the documentation provided by the applicant and will ask related questions. Therefore, before this interview, the investor should review all the required documentation and ensure it is accurate. Additionally, interviewees must know the content of the documents under consideration and should be prepared to answer any related questions.
Documents Needed for the EB-5 Visa Interview
Each person being interviewed will need the following documentation, as applicable:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce decrees
- Police certificates
- Color passport photograph
- Passport (valid until at least six months after the intended date of U.S. entry)
- Sealed results of a medical examination
- A copy of their Form DS-260 submission
In addition to these personal documents, the investor must provide evidence that the appropriate amount of capital has been released from escrow for use in the EB-5 project. Typically, a letter from the financial institution that manages the project’s escrow account is sufficient evidence.
Any documents not written in either English or the official language of the interviewee’s home country must be accompanied by a translation.
EB-5 Visa Interview Questions
An applicant may be denied an immigrant visa for various reasons, which include a misrepresentation of the material facts in Form DS-260, prior illegal entry into the U.S., criminal history, and more.
An applicant should adequately prepare to answer questions regarding his or her past, especially items that might be considered red flags. The interview might also include questions about any prior visits to the United States.
Additionally, the investor should be prepared to answer questions about his or her I-526 Petition, the new commercial enterprise he or she has invested in, and the source of the capital used for the EB-5 investment.
The success of the visa application process is not solely determined by having all the right documentation—an immigrant visa applicant must be prepared for his or her interview. At this point in the EB-5 Visa interview process, an investor should strongly consider seeking the counsel of a qualified EB-5 professional who can help the investor and his or her family work through their immigrant visa applications and interviews.
On the day of the interview, each applicant should arrive early with all of the necessary documentation. Typically, immigrant visa interviews take 30 to 45 minutes.