EB-5 Process and Timeline

Step 1

Evaluation/Assessment & Preparing to File I-526 Petitions

  • EB-5 Project Selection (Check out our open EB-5 Projects)
  • Investor chooses to work with Minnesota’s #1 Regional Center – International Creative Capital, LCC (ICC)
  • ICC has investor complete a questionnaire to ensure eligibility, performs OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset) and AML (Anti-money laundering) Checks
  • Partnership and Escrow Agreements
  • SOF (source of funds) assessment with Immigration Attorney
  • SOF documentation of funds along with other documents for I-526
  • Deposit of EB-5 Investment funds to escrow account

30 – 63 Days

 ICC provides legal resources to help navigate through the complex immigration process. 

Step 2

File I-526 petition

  • USCIS Processes petition

20-27 months average processing time


I-526 petition approved!

Step 3

If you live in the United States: File I-485

If you live overseas: File DS-260, attend visa interview at a U.S. Consulate

  • You may have to wait to file, if your Priority Date is not current. The Priority Date for EB-5 visas is the filing date of the I-526 petition. A Visa Bulletin is published monthly with cut-off dates by visa type (employment based, fifth preference) and country (which is based your country of birth).

6-12 months processing time

Conditional Green Card

  • Valid for 2 years (24 months), allows you to work, play, travel at will the USA including multi-entry to home country

Step 4

File I-829 petition to remove conditions of Green Card

  • Must be filed during the 90 days before the conditional green card expires.

24-38 months average processing time

US Green card example

Permanent Green Card

  • renew every 10 years

*Average time based on a typical family, however it varies case by case. USCIS publishes current processing times for different forms here: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ historical averages can be found here: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/historic-pt