When you seek an investment visa or green card or another type of visa to live, work, or study in the United States, you gain the right to lawfully enter and remain in the country. Often, your spouse or children can also obtain the appropriate visas to accompany you. However, once you receive your visa or green card, the process is not over. Visas and green cards come with many different conditions and the particular requirements and restrictions that may apply to you will depend on the type of immigration document you have. If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services believes that you have somehow violated your visa or green card conditions, you could fall out of status and possibly even be removed from the country.
If you qualify for an EB-5 Investment visa, you may be able to obtain a conditional green card for two years. During this time, there are many requirements you must meet to keep your status as a lawful conditional permanent resident. Such requirements may include:
- Properly informing the Department of Homeland Security in writing or online if you have changed your address within 10 days of the address change;
- Do not leave the U.S. for an extended period of time intending to live in another country, as well as failing to apply for a reentry permit if you do leave for over 12 months;
- All investment funds must be obtained through legal means;
- Providing only truthful information to immigration authorities for immigration purposes;
- File all required tax returns on the federal, state, and local levels. Additionally, you must not represent yourself as a nonimmigrant for tax purposes;
- If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26, you must inform the government that you are available for U.S. military service by registering with Selective Services; and
- After your conditional green card has expired, you must file the appropriate petitions to convert your conditional status into permanent resident status.
If you are suspected of violating any conditions or restrictions of your green card or visa, you may have deportation proceedings initiated against you and your family by immigration officials.
Contact A Florida Immigration Lawyer For Assistance Today
The process of obtaining a visa can be complicated enough, but the complexities do not end simply because you have your visa in hand. Instead, you must ensure that you carefully understand all restrictions and requirements associated with your visa and that you comply with any necessary conditions. If you have concerns about your visa and possible violations, you should never hesitate to call an experienced visa attorney for assistance. Furthermore, if you are facing possible immigration consequences or removal due to a violation of your visa, it is critical to call a skilled immigration attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. in Hollywood, FL, we assist individuals and their families with a wide range of visa cases, so please call us at (954) 399-7778 to discuss your situation.