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[Q] What is involved procedurally in an EB-5 case?
Whether you decide to pursue a direct EB-5 or a regional center EB-5 case, you should realize that there are several procedural components to your EB-5 case.
You can find out details on all the steps involved in an EB-5 case at: http://eb-5center.com/process.
First, there is a I-526 immigrant petition step. You have to submit this packet to California Service Center (CSC) and get it approved IF you wish to take EITHER Immigrant Visa consular processing or I-485 adjustment of status step to obtain conditional permanent resident (CPR) status for you and your dependent family members.
Second, you have to EITHER take Immigrant Visa consular processing OR do I-485 adjustment of status application, to obtain the CPR status. Which avenue you choose depends on many factors, such as whether you are in valid nonimmigrant status aou nd whether you have to travel outside the U.S. If you are in another country, then normally you should pursue IV consular processing through an American Embassy located in your home country.
Third, after you acquire CPR status, there are many issues as to maintaining your CPR status.
Fourth, between 21 and 24 months after you obtain CPR status, you and your family members can apply to obtain "permanent" resident status through filing of I-829 conditions removal petition.
Fifth, after you file I-829 petition, you need to do ASC biometrics and also obtain temporary I-551 stamp that evidences your continuing CPR status.
Sixth, you need to get I-829 approved and get your permanent green cards.