[Q] Does obtaining a "pre-approval" for the underlying EB-5 project speed up the I-526 review process?
Not really. Regional Centers marketing may say so, but the fact is USCIS can "pre-approve" the underlying EB-5 project and then still raise questions about the project when they are adjudicating I-526s. This raises a bona fide question which is: Why get the pre-approval then? This is another aspect in which the USCIS adjudication is pretty uneven and inconsistent for EB-5 cases.