An Illinois federal judge ruled for the government Tuesday in the case of an Iranian EB-5 investor who sued after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services declined to remove conditions from his permanent resident status, saying the agency had reasons for its decision.
U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee granted summary judgment to the government in a suit brought by a man identified only as “Joe Doe,” an Iranian national who attempted to get a green card using the EB-5 visa program by investing in an enterprise aimed at building an assisted living center in Illinois, according to the order.
The EB-5 program provides green cards to foreign nationals who invest a minimum of $500,000 in a U.S. project that creates at least 10 jobs. As part of the program, investors are first given conditional permanent resident status, but they can later request to remove these conditions.
According to the order, USCIS issued a decision in January 2015 rejecting Doe’s I-829 petition, which is the form used to remove the conditions on one’s permanent resident status.
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