IMMIGRANT PETITION BY ALIEN ENTREPRENEUR FORM I-526

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FORM I-526

The form is used by an entrepreneur to petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for status as an immigrant to the United States under section 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended.

WHO MAY FILE FORM I-526?

You may file this petition for yourself if you have invested or are actively in the process of investing the required investment amount in a new commercial enterprise (NCE):

  1. In which you will engage in a managerial capacity through day-to-day managerial control or policy formulation;
  2. Which will benefit the U.S. economy; and
  3. Which will create full-time employment in the United States for at least 10 U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other immigrants lawfully authorized to be employed in the United States, other than yourself, your spouse, or your sons or daughters.

An NCE may be established by:

  1. The formation of a business after November 29, 1990;
  2. The purchase of a business formed on or before November 29, 1990, and simultaneous or subsequent restructuring or reorganization resulting in an NCE; or
  3. The expansion of a business formed on or before November 29, 1990, through investment of the amount required so that a substantial change (at least 40 percent increase) in either the net worth or number of employees results.

The amount of investment required is set by regulation. You may obtain additional information from our website at www.uscis.gov, or a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate abroad.

HOW TO FILL THE FORM I-526?

Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed.

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

Copies. You should submit legible photocopies of documents requested, unless the Instructions specifically state that you must submit an original document. USCIS may request an original document at the time of filing or at any time during processing of an application, petition, or request. If USCIS requests an original document from you, it will be returned to you after USCIS determines it no longer needs your original.

FORM I-526 FILING INSTRUCTIONS

Filing Fee:  The filing fee for Form I-526 is $3,675. 

NOTE: The filing fee is not refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on this petition. DO NOT MAIL CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amount.

Where To File? File your completed Form I-526 at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility:

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 660168
Dallas, TX 75266

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-526
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

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