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[HOT] [Q] How long does the entire EB-5 processing take before I can obtain permanent resident status?


You will first obtain conditional permanent resident status, and that my friend, takes around 10 months or more. Here's the reason why. First, it takes anywhere 3 to 6 months to get I-526 immigrant petition approved, and then it takes around the same time to get EITHER I-485 adjustment application or Immigrant Visa approved. You become a conditional permanent resident ONLY AFTER you obtain EITHER I-485 adjustment approval or Immigrant Visa (IV) approval and enter the United States as intending immigrants.

I guess someone with I-526 petition approval could enter the United States as a tourist and then submit I-485 adjustment application and stay in the United States until it's approved, but we do not recommend this course, because it is inconvenient and also could be construed as a violation of U.S. immigration law. The best way is to obtain IV approval abroad via American Embassy in your home country and then enter the United States, unless you have been staying in the U.S. in nonimmigrant status.

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