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How long does it take to obtain a green card through the EB-5 visa program?

Obtaining a green card through the EB-5 program has historically involved varying processing times. In the past, the typical timeline from investment and petition filing to conditional green card issuance ranged from 2 to 3 years.

However, since the program’s reinstatement, processing times have exhibited a positive trend, particularly for targeted employment area (TEA) projects, especially in rural areas. For these investments, approvals are now being granted within 12 months, with green card issuance expected shortly after.

Based on current observations, the overall processing timeframe can be estimated between 18 and 30 months. This timeframe is likely to continue improving as USCIS increases staffing and demonstrates continued commitment to streamlining processing times.

It is important to note that processing times can vary depending on individual circumstances and project specifics. Consulting with an immigration attorney is highly recommended to understand the most up-to-date processing estimates and tailor your specific timeline expectations.