The Troubling Trend of Long Delays in EB-5 Immigant Investor Application Process

Nearly all immigration applications before the USCIS are experiencing slow processing times.  EB-5 immigrant investor petitions are no different. In fact, since May of this year, the estimated processing time of EB-5  I-526 petitions has spiked to its highest yet: 45.5 months.   Even though thee Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) announced that the backlog of petitions has been reduced, adjudication delays have increased, worrying  EB-5 visa applicants.

New data, showing an increase of 32% to 60% in estimated processing times for petitions, proves there has been a significant slowdown. In addition,  case inquiry dates have seen a huge backslide. The case inquiry date indicates progress and productivity  for applications as it moves forward. On average, before May of 2019, the inquiry dates moved forward by 23 days each month. However, as of April 2019, the case inquiry dates have broken the trend and retrogressed, again evidencing a reduction in IPO’s progress and productivity. 

Many believe the troubling new patterns in IPO’s productivity stifles progress in the local economies by restricting immigrant investment. It could halt the creation of jobs and the use of capital to complete economic development projects. Unfortunately, causes of this recent disruption in IPO’s progress continues to remain unclear but what is crystal clear is that it may be a while before any progress is made. 

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Published by Ann Massey Badmus

Ann Badmus helps foreign national medical providers and their employers successfully cut through immigration red tape for fast and timely employment. Through her unique Immigration Prescription Program, she skillfully solves even the most complex immigration problems. Her comprehensive and clear advice has helped thousands of providers, employers, and recruiters avoid immigration delays, saving time and expense and providing a stress-free experience for all. Ann is frequently invited to speak about immigration issues before various organizations, including medical associations such as the American Academy of Neurology. She has also published numerous immigration articles and has authored a well-received book, The Immigration Prescription: The Practical Guide to Immigration for Foreign Born Physicians.

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