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[Q] Many regional centers' marketing materials say their EB-5 projects have been reviewed and vetted by USCIS. True?


Yes and no. It's true that USCIS has reviewed their regional center designation application and approved the general parameters of the approved regional center application. However, the fact that a specific EB-5 project is carried out pursuant to the approved regional center does not guarantee approval of I-526s submitted for that specific project because:

1. USCIS still has to review the project to see if it complies or is consistent with the regional center parameters.

2. USCIS could decide that the approved regional center was approved by mistake or oversight and should be amended.

3. Even when USCIS approved the regional center structure, and a particular project complied with the approved regional center structure, USCIS can at any time change its mind and deny I-526 petitions -- which leads to confusion and inconsistency in the adjudication of EB-5 cases.