New RCs in 2011

As we reach the end of 2011, a few comments on Regional Center approvals this year:

  • USCIS approved 74 new regional centers across 27 states in 2011. As of 12/31/2011, there were 211 entries on the USCIS list of approved Regional Centers (including duplicate listings for centers spanning more than one state).
  • The greatest number of new centers was in California (28, or 38% of the total). Texas came in second with 9 new centers approved in 2011, followed by Washington (5 new centers), New York (4 new centers), Illinois (3 new centers) and Florida (3 new centers).
  • A number of states added two new centers each, including Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Utah.
  • States with one new center each include Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Ohio.
  • An average of six new centers were announced per month, distributed throughout the year as follows:

Month (2011)

# of Centers Approved

January

2

February

0

March

7

April

5

May

7

June

7

July

5

August

11

September

13

October

6

November

4

December

7

  • USCIS reports 176 initial RC proposal filings from 10/2010 to 09/2011, and 83 applications pending as of 06/2011. We’re still seeing applications from the 11/2010 rush making their way through the system, but I’ve also seen  faster approvals (for example applications approved in 09/2011 included one filed in 03/2011 and another filed in 05/2011).

About Suzanne (www.lucidtext.com)
Lucid Professional Writing provides writing and editing services for businesses and scholars, and specializes in assisting clients to prepare business plans for filing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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