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[HOT] The reasons why it's hard to find out the real track record of a specific regional center


We would say it's very, very difficult to accurately ascertain useful I-526 and I-829 track record of any regional center programs for the below reasons.

First, most of more than 75 USCIS-designated regional centers do not even have a single I-829 approval, as of January 9, 2010. As of January 10, 2010, we would think there are only around 5 to 7 regional centers with more than ten I-829 approvals. This is because even the earliest regional centers began to be active around early part of 2004, and it takes around 3 years from the time of investment to obtain I-829 approvals. Therefore, it is only natural that regional centers which began 2 or even 3 years ago will not have a substantial, or even one, I-829 approval.

Second, many regional centers are unwilling to fully disclose their problems or denial cases for the fear that competitors will twist one or two denials to argue that their entire regional center program is bad.

Third, certain type of denials can be more problematic. For example, an I-829 denial questioning the entire investment structure or fraud will obviously be more serious than an I-829 denial alleging lack of job-creation.

Fourth, USCIS does not keep track of I-526 and I-829 approvals and denials by each regional center. However, they do keep track of total numbers of I-526 and I-829 approvals and denials by each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).

Fifth, some denials may have been wrongly issues by CSC and therefore, may be overturned.