Processing Data

This page provides a home for the latest EB-5 form processing updates otherwise discussed in blog posts. I include charts summarizing the official performance data from quarterly reports on the USCIS Immigration & Citizenship Data page, and a few supplementary charts with more timely and granular USCIS data leaked unofficially.

Dates

  • Page last updated January 5, 2023
  • Officially-reported USCIS data as of FY2022 Q4 (July to September 2022 from the All Forms report and I-485 report)
  • Inside intel on unofficially-obtained USCIS data through December 31, 2022

Data table of most recent Official USCIS Report

July 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022
FormDescriptionReceivedApprovedDeniedTotal CompletedPending  at period endProcessing Time (months)
I-526 and I-526EImmigrant Petition by Alien Investor18825927653513,06245.3
I-829Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status694184145911,15047.8
I-956Application for Regional  Center Designationnot reported
I-956FApplication for Approval of Investment in a Commercial Enterprisenot reported     
I-956GRegional Center Annual Statement not reported     
FY2022 total (October 2021 to September 2022)
FormDescriptionReceivedApprovedDeniedTotal CompletedPending at period end
I-526Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor8295908251,41513,062
I-829Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status1,2701,4531681,62111,150

I-526 Processing Highlights

  • Published Report: As of September 30, 2022, IPO had 13,062 pending I-526 and had completed 535 I-526 adjudications over the previous quarter (average 178 decisions/month). If this completion rate continues, it will take over 73 months to process currently-pending I-526. Performance in July-September 2022 was an improvement over the previous three months but still less than half the pre-Pandemic I-526 completion rate, and nine times lower than performance in 2018. The median processing times for I-526 decisions in July-September 2022 was 45 months.
  • Inside Intel: In December 2022, IPO approved/denied 97 I-526, with a wide range of filing dates. The largest cluster of decisions (28 decisions, 38% of the total) were on I-526 filed in the month of December 2018. Other decisions ranged in age from approval of an I-526 filed in September 2015 to an approval of an I-526 filed in July 2022.

I-829 Processing Highlights

  • Published Report: As of September 30, 2022, IPO had 11,150 pending I-829 and had completed 459 I-829 adjudications over the previous quarter (average 153 decisions/month). If this completion rate continues, it will take over 72 months to process currently-pending I-829. Performance in July-September 2022 was slightly higher than the previous quarter and about half the pre-Pandemic I-829 completion rate. The median processing times for I-829 decisions in July-September 2022 was 47.8 months.
  • Inside Intel: In December 2022, IPO approved/denied 78 I-829, quite evenly spread over a wide range of filing dates. Almost every filing month from June 2017 to June 2020 had 4-9 I-829 selected for a decision in December 2022. The oldest decision was an on I-829 filed in June 2015, while the newest was on an I-829 filed in January 2021.

Charts

2 Responses to Processing Data

  1. VP says:

    PD Dec 18-26 2018 approvals are coming though in Dec 2022

  2. Mahmood says:

    I am so grateful to you for providing data and insight about I-829 approved and pending cases. I hope my turn comes soon as I have been waiting for this for 3 years.

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