- Who is eligible to receive immigration benefits from my EB-5 investment?
- How does EB-5 work when investing through a Regional Center?
- What is EB-5?
- What are the protections and guarantees in Behring Regional Center EB-5 projects?
- Can I travel outside the US for extended periods after I get my green card?
- Can I include my family members on my EB-5 visa petition?
- When can I apply for US citizenship?
- Is EB-5 a passive investment?
- How long must I remain in the U.S. each year?
- What is a reentry permit?
- Can adopted children immigrate with me on EB-5?
- What is a New Commercial Enterprise?
- Are there any nationality restrictions for EB-5 applicants?
- USCIS requires EB-5 investments to be “at-risk”, so how do your projects have guarantees?
- What are the EB-5 Investment Requirements?
- Can I apply if I've been rejected or terminated in the past by USCIS for a different visa application?
- May two or more investors qualify for immigration based upon a pooled investment in a single business?
- What is the I-526 Petition?
- What is the USCIS background check?
- What Can Disqualify an Investor from Participating in the EB-5 Program?
- What is an I-829 Petition?
- What is a I-485 Petition
- Accredited Investor
- Partial Payments
- Source of Funds
- Can I use a loan for EB-5?
- What documents need to be translated when filing the I-526 petition?
- Can I Use a Gift for EB-5?
- Can I Use 401(k) funds for EB-5 investment?
- I don't have $800K in cash. What are my options?
- What is the Source of Funds Report?
- 5 Things EB-5 Investors Can Do Preparing for Their Source of Funds Report
- Regional Center
- Targeted Employment Area
- Job Creation
- EB-2 / EB-3
What is the USCIS background check?
USCIS requires all immigrants to the United States to go through background checks. Some checks are done by USCIS, some are done by the Department of State when you apply for a visa, and some are done instantly by Customs and Border Patrol when you arrive and seek entry into the U.S.
These include searches in various criminal and national security databases, a fingerprint check and an FBI name check. Your name, date, place of birth and fingerprints will be run against a database maintained by the FBI to make sure there are no “hits,” i.e., no adverse information against you appears based on various databases such as the U.S. and foreign law enforcement authorities, security agencies and the U.S. State Department and Consular Offices.
For EB-5 applicants, USCIS also checks various Treasury Department databases to see if you are involved in or suspected of money laundering or other financial crimes.
Above all else, the U.S. government wants to be certain that they are not admitting anyone with a serious criminal history or is a U.S. national security risk. It also wants to prevent giving immigration benefits to someone that has made misrepresentations or committed fraud to gain entry to the U.S.
Not every crime or immigration violation makes you inadmissible, so it is important to talk to an experienced immigration attorney to find out if you qualify for EB-5.