Statewide Regional Center
for North Carolina and South Carolina
Overview of the Immigration Process
The Carolina Center for Foreign Investment (CCFI) Regional Center is committed to guiding each qualified foreign investor through the immigration process. CCFI will work with our investor and the investor’s immigration attorney to prepare and provide all required documentation about the investment to support the investor’s immigration application through the EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program.
The foreign investor must complete three phases of the application process become a permanent US resident:
- Step 1: To obtain immigrant investor status, the foreign investor must submit a completed Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur Form (Form I-526) to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) along with supporting documentation clearly demonstrating that the investment meets all EB-5 requirements. Upon approval of the I-526 Petition, this will be the foundation for Step 2.
- Step 2: If the foreign investor is residing within the US and has received Form I-526 approval, he or she may obtain conditional resident status by submitting a completed Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485) to USCIS. If residing outside the US, the foreign investor must apply for an immigrant visa at a US Consulate abroad.
- Step 3: During the 90-day period prior to the expiration of the conditional period, the investor should file a completed Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions (Form I-829) to USCIS. In this petition, the foreign investor must demonstrate that the investment was sustained over the two-year conditional period, and the requisite jobs were created. Upon approval of the I-829 petition, the conditional nature of the green card is lifted and full permanent residence is granted to the investor and the investor’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age.