Immigration Process | Immigration Steps
The first stage of the immigration process:
1. The investment is required to comply with U.S. investment law qualifications.
2. Investors and the regional center sign a confidentiality agreement related to information provided by the regional center on transactions.
3. Investors identify investment projects and sign investment contracts. Then, Investors put their money into an escrow account ($ 500,000). The regional center services generally cost $40-$60 thousand dollars. Investors, lawyers, regional centers, agents (if any) will collect information together to prepare for the I-526 application.
4. The I-526 applications are submitted by the investor’s attorney to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The second stage of the immigration process:
5. Following I-526 approval, the relevant departments issue the immigrant visa package: DS-2001 and DS-230i forms; investors complete the forms.
6. Investors are notified by the U.S. consulate for the immigrant visa interview, and receive the immigrant visa application package: DS-230ii - medical exam request.
7. The U.S. consulate completes the in person interview (usually receive the immigrant visa after the interview)
8. The investor enters the United States within 180 days after receiving the visa, and gets a conditioned Green Card which is valid for 24 months.
The third stage of the immigration process:
9. 21 months after investor’s entry into the United States, the applicant’s attorney submits an application to lift the conditions (I-829 form).
10. Restrictions are lifted, and access to the official green card is provided.