US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an updated version of Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions dated 05/07/15. Beginning August 15, 2015, USCIS will no longer accept prior versions of Form I-829 dated 03/11/13 or earlier.
Form I-829 is for conditional permanent residents who obtained their status through entrepreneurship to petition to remove the conditions on their residence. Immigrant investors seeking lawful permanency residency in the US must submit Form I-829 as the final step in the EB-5 visa process.
New Form I-829
The 05/07/15 edition of Form I-829 consists of 13 instruction pages and an 11-page form. The new edition includes the following changes and additions.
- More biographic information. Petitioners must now include height and weight, hair and eye color, and race and ethnicity.
- More information about the New Commercial Enterprise (NCE). Petitioners must include:
- The NCE’s North American Industry Classification Code (NAICS)
- Dates and amounts of all subsequent investments
- The number of EB-5 investors in the NCE
- Their total capital
- Information about direct job creation. Petitioners must detail of the number of full-time direct jobs at the time of initial investment and at the time of filing. Estimates of direct jobs to be created in the case of delay in job creation must also be noted.
- Information about indirect job creation (for Regional Center cases). Petitioners must include the total number of indirect jobs created at the time of filing and the number to be created within a reasonable amount of time from filing.
- New biometric appointment procedures. Petitioners must sign a declaration at the time of their ASC appointment that indicates they have reviewed the I-829 filing and attesting that all materials filed are complete, true, and correct.
Read the complete Instructions for Form I-829 for more information.
The new edition of Form I-829 can be found here.