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What is the I-526 processing time for a direct investment?

I am aware that if I go through regional centers, I would have to wait for about 12 to 16 months. I am also more comfortable starting my own business. I was wondering how long it takes for I-526 approval if I use the direct route.

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
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    The processing time is generally the same regardless of the investment.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    Processing times vary depending on the region. Generally speaking, it does take less time for a direct investment to be processed vs. a regional center application.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    It would generally take 6-12 months (or longer).

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    Philip H Teplen

    Immigration Attorney
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    The I-526 requires the same processing time regardless of the investment.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Unfortunately, there is little predictability or clarity when it comes to processing times. Furthermore, USCIS estimates to not distinguish direct investments from regional center investments. From our experience the 12-16 month timeline is possible, but we have seen much shorter processing of certain cases. In either case, having experienced EB-5 counsel assist you with your application will avoid additional delays from requests for evidence or notices of intent to deny.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    The processing times for an I-526 petition whether for a direct or regional center project is unpredictable. It may take several months to 12 months more or less. It may take less time for a direct I-526 petition as the business plan can clearly show how 10 direct full time jobs can be created.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS has not distinguished direct investment vs. indirect one through a regional center in their processing time reporting, which is 18 months. However, I have heard that direct investment petitions were taking shorter time, although my clients have gotten their petitions approved within 12 months.

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    Clem Turner

    Securities Attorney
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    Whether the I-526 application is being reviewed for a Regional Center investment or a direct investment, the processing times are identical. Hopefully USCIS will work through its backlog and resume adjudicating these petitions in 4-6 months.

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    Olga Karasik

    Immigration Attorney
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    Based on our experience this year, we had 3 direct investment cases approved within 4-5 months.

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    Roberto Ortiz

    Immigration Attorney
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    The processing times are the same for a direct investment. It is taking between 12 to 16 months for an I-526 petition to be processed.

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    Vaughan de Kirby

    Immigration Attorney
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    We are seeing approvals in six to eight months. But with that said there is no telling what will happen in the future.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Right now about the same processing time, 12-16 months.

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    Rohit Kapuria

    Immigration Attorney
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    At the moment, direct EB-5 petitions are being processed within 4-8 months. Of course, there is no guarantee that by the time you file, the processing time will remain the same. That being said, given your desire to actively manage your business, a direct EB-5 may be the best path for you.

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