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[HOT] What are some of the packet preparation procedures for EB-5 petitions, including I-526 and I-829s?


Regarding tabs, USCIS issued a useful instruction as follows:

Question 1: The perennial question regarding tabs versus colored dividers has resurfaced. We would appreciate your thoughts on best practice in terms of both the lockbox, and direct filings at the Service Center. The USCIS website indicates that tabs should be placed on the bottom of the packet; however, during a recent stakeholder meeting, USCIS indicated that such tabs would be removed and that USCIS preferred colored paper instead (AILA Doc. No. 12031666).

Question 1a: Please clarify whether USCIS prefers tabs or colored paper.
Response 1a: For direct filings with the Service Center, we prefer that applicants submit documentary evidence using bottom tabs. For filings with the lockbox, it is preferred that colored paper dividers be used. The lockbox process involves scanning each page in the package, which means disassembling packages (except I-140 tabbed supporting documents, which will not be disassembled or scanned. For premium filed I-140 documents filed directly with the Service Center, tabs may be used.)