Processing Backlog, Meeting Summary, Best Practices

The USCIS Processing Time information from the California Service Center shows that as of 4/3/2013, the last I-526 processed had a filing date of 3/16/2012. The Case Status section of the USCIS website illustrates the dire backlog situation for Form I-526.
Wow. 5,887 I-526 petitions pending. I’m so glad that I’m not an adjudicator. The trend line for I-829 looks more promising, though still reflecting a significant backlog.

Thank you to IIUSA for publicizing the processing backlog, as well as the pointing out the Executive Summary of 3/5/2013 CIS Ombudsman EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Stakeholder Meeting. I also recommend IIUSA’s Comments to USCIS on the EB-5 Adjudications Memo, which give a good summary of the hot questions in EB-5.

Thank you also to Catherine Holmes, Victor Shum and Angelique Brunner for an excellent contribution to the effort to define best practices for Regional Centers. See the aricle Protecting the integrity of the EB-5 investment market through the adoption and use of due diligence best practices. So long as you’re on the Hotel Law blog, you may also want to check out their useful posts on SEC compliance, partnering with a Regional Center, and EB-5 investment in an existing business.

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Suzanne Lazicki is a business plan writer, EB-5 expert, and founder of Lucid Professional Writing. Contact me at (626) 660-4030.

7 Responses to Processing Backlog, Meeting Summary, Best Practices

  1. msinghal says:

    Processing times for I-829 are no better. Filing date of the last case processed for I-829: May 15, 2012!

  2. Jin Yong says:

    You can die waiting for USCIS to make decisions. Congress, please do away with the delays or get rid of the EB-5 Program. The funny thing is under the regs USCIS “shall” adjudicate I-829s within 3 months. Of course, USCIS is free to break their own rules.

  3. wjo says:

    Hello. I was wondering if you had any more recent data for processing times (not just the most current processing time though)? Or if you know of anywhere I can find such historical data?

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