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The I-526 Form – Your First Step Toward and EB-5 Visa


At American Life, Incorporated, we hear a lot of questions from potential investors about the EB-5 visa process. One frequent question is about the I-526 form. What is it? How do I fill it out? How long does it take to get approval? Once approved, what’s next? Today, we will talk specifically about this form, the first formality in the EB-5 investor visa process. 

The I-526 is a form by the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) on which you apply for your resident visa in the program. Its official name is the Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, or foreign investor. The form asks for information about you and your family members who wish to participate in the program.

The form asks for your name, your current address, your employment history, the investment you plan to make, your income and assets, and your family’s information. The form is in English, but you don’t need to speak English to apply for an EB-5 visa – those who don’t speak English can use an interpreter to understand the form.

For this process, we recommend that you enlist the help of an immigration attorney to help you through the process. Once you’ve made the investment with American Life, Incorporated, we will submit your paperwork to your attorney so he or she can prepare the I-526. 

Once the USCIS receives your I-526 form, it normally takes about six to 13 months to process. This timeframe is different for each case, as some applications are more complex than others. 

Upon approval, the first step in your visa application process is complete. The next step is a US Consulate or Embassy interview to approve your US entry. Then, you’ll receive your conditional visa, and you and your family will need to enter the country within 180 days. 

Conditional visas are good for two years, so after that you’ll apply for your unconditional visa, which, if approved, leads to a permanent green card.

The EB-5 investor visa is an exciting program that give foreign investors the opportunity to make a difference in the US economy. To get started, contact American Life, Incorporated today. Our investment professionals will help you through the steps in the program to make your investment and establish residency in the US. We’re happy to answer all your questions about the EB-5 program. Contact us online, call us at 206-381-1690, or visit US office at 2710 S. Hanford Street, Suite 100, in Seattle, Washington or any of our international offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, or London.

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