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[HOT] Current CSC processing times of EB-5 related petitions/applications

* Latest unofficial talk as of Sep 13, 2012: I-526s for some projects are getting approved in 3 or 4 months, while I-526s for some projects appear to be pending over 1 year.

You can check the latest processing times for I-526, I-485 and I-829 by clicking "Service Processing Dates" for CSC.

That's just too long. I-526 adjudication time has to get down under 3 months to be fair to RC operators and EB-5 investors.

Individual EB-5 related applications that are reviewed and adjudicated by California Service Center are: I-526, I-485 and I-829 applications, as well as RC related I-924 applications. The below estimates of the "current" processing times is the best estimates for the above individual types of applications. It should be noted that although CSC publishes monthly processing times reports, the processing times for EB-5 cases are not divided into regular or Regional Center cases.

I-924 initial RC designation applications and I-924 amendment applications are taking close to 10 months if not more.

Even though CSC has hired and/or trained new EB-5 staff, because of the increase in the number of EB-5 related petitions, the processing times have increased rather than reduced! Do not listen to regional centers who promise you "quick" approvals. Experienced regional center operators or EB-5 attorneys know that when it comes to the adjudication times, it's anything goes. Sad but true.

Undermining the accuracy of the USCIS processing times report is that they do not distinguish between the processing times of regular, direct EB-5 cases and regional center EB-5 cases. In addition, the processing time for I-485 appears to cover all employment-based I-485 applications, and does not focus specifically on I-485 applications based on I-526 approvals. Lastly, CSC often does not appear to be adjudicating cases in chronological order, i.e. First-In, First-Out basis. Although our experiences do not jive with the processing time reports published by CSC, it is only natural that there be some variances in processing times among individual cases.