USCIS Updates EB-5 Investor Processing Times

On October 24, 2014, USCIS released an updated EB-5 Processing Report listing current processing times for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  It is currently taking the Immigrant Investor Program Office about 13.8 months to process an I-526, Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur; 7.2 months to process an I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions; and 8.1 months to process...
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Potential EB-5 Quota Retrogression for China

Based on the demand for EB-5 visa numbers during 2013 and the volume of approved I-526 petitions at the National Visa Center, the Department of State predicts that a cut-off date may need to be established for China, which accounts for more than 80% of total number usage. No other countries in the EB-5 category will be impacted. If a cut-off date is established, it will not likely take effect...
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Tips for Avoiding EB-5 Investor Green Card Scams

The EB-5 program provides certain foreign investors who can demonstrate that their investments are creating jobs in this country, with a potential avenue to lawful permanent residency in the United States. Business owners apply to USCIS to be designated as “regional centers” for the EB-5 program.  These regional centers offer investment opportunities in “new commercial...
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President Obama’s Proposals to Fix Our Immigration System

Today, President Obama released a fact sheet that includes proposals he believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform.  This comes on the heels of an immigration reform plan agreed to by a bi-partisan group of Senators yesterday. Could immigration reform really happen this time around?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s encouraging to see our politicians finally making...
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USCIS Releases Q/A on EB-5 Economic Methodologies

On June 22, 2012, USCIS hosted a public engagement featuring two economists who work on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. Following that engagement, some stakeholders sought clarification regarding certain points raised by the economists. USCIS provided clarification on two of the primary questions raised. The following is from the USCIS Question and Answer on EB-5 economic...
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USCIS Enhancing EB-5 Regional Center Designation Process

USCIS is currently implementing the first phase in a series of proposed enhancements to the EB-5 program.  Beginning now, Form I-924 applicants will be able to communicate directly with USCIS adjudicators via e-mail in an effort to streamline the process and quickly raise and resolve issues and questions that arise during the adjudication process. Information on how direct e-mail communication...
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