Earlier this summer, David Hirson & Partners, LLP (“DHP”) successfully helped an EB-5 investor client’s entire family of nine obtain travel ban waivers. These waivers were required in order for the family to be issued immigrant visas and enter the U.S.
Our client received approval of their EB-5 petition back in 2017 and attended their consular interview in Abu Dhabi in 2018. During their interview, the entire family was asked to complete Form DS-5535 (except the minor children under 14). This is an enhanced vetting form that requires the disclosure of the following for each applicant:
|All:||Past 15 years of:||Past 5 years of:|
|Passport numbers & country of issuance||Travel history||Telephone numbers|
|Names birthdates of immediate family members||Home addresses||Social media usernames/handles|
|Employment History||Email addresses|
After completing the requested forms, this family’s case remained “pending in administrative processing” for a few months, at which point DHP was retained to file a travel ban waiver packet for the family. Our firm compiled and filed the travel ban waiver packet based upon the family’s and investment’s given circumstances.
A travel ban waiver packet is evaluated based on three factors:
(1) entry is of national interest to US (here the EB-5 program);
(2) denying entry would cause undue hardship (here to the family, petitioner, and project); and
(3) entry would not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Less than six months after DHP submitted the travel ban waiver packet, the consulate emailed the client for continued processing, asking for updated medical exams and passports, along with new DS-260 submissions. The applicants were also required to come to the embassy to retake the oath. The client and family members completed everything that was asked of them and they were all approved to enter the U.S.
All DHP attorneys and staff share a common goal of helping immigrants lawfully navigate the U.S. immigration system. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you and your family’s immigration dreams.