EB-5 Wait-Times for Vietnamese, Indians Now 6+ Years as Retrogression No Longer Limited to China

Chinese applicants are no longer the only group suffering under the EB-5 program’s intractable retrogression nightmare; Indian and Vietnamese investors applying today can expect to wait 5.7 and 7.2 years, respectively, to get their EB-5 visas approved, shows an analysis by Mr. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Department of State’s Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting Division.

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Regional Center Applications Plummet 95%, Lowest Level in 6 Years

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) received only 25 I-924 applications – the petition private and public economic entities file to request status as a regional center under the EB-5 program – during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. The figure is the lowest on record since 2012 and represents a 95%

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Processing Time for EB-5 Regional Center Applications Now 27 Months, All-Time High

Fresh data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) show average processing times for EB-5 regional center applications – Form I-924 – had reached an astonishing 834, or 27.3 months, by the end of October 2017, the longest wait time ever recorded. Average processing times for Form I-829 – the petition an investor submits

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EB-5 Partly Suspended Due to Government “Shutdown”

As the House and Senate of the United States failed to reach a government funding agreement last Friday, certain parts of the EB-5 program are effectively suspended until further notice. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services writes on its website that its fee-funded operations will remain active but that activities that rely on government

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USCIS Begins Unannounced Site Visits to EB-5 Job Creating Entity Sites

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have begun their previously heralded site visits to Job-Creating Entities as part of their information-gathering process required for EB-5 adjudications. The site visits, reports IIUSA, are part of a wider USCIS verification program launched to counteract the employment of H-1B, L-1 and religious workers, and do not cover regional

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