On Wednesday, February 3rd, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced tentative new information regarding the EB-5 processing backlog at their EB-5 stakeholder engagement teleconference.
Nicholas Colucci, Chief of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO), announced that since the September and December filing “bubbles,” the USCIS now has a backlog of:
- 21,790 pending I-526 petitions
- 4,314 pending I-829 petitions
- 902 pending I-924 petitions
This represents a dramatic increase in the already substantial processing backlogs for EB-5 petitions, especially with form I-526.
|I-526 pending||I-829 pending|
During the engagement, the USCIS representatives outlined plans to improve processing efficiency and reduce the backlog.
However, until they are able to reduce the backlog significantly, processing times are unlikely to decrease.
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