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How do I find out the status of my EB-5 application?

On the USCIS website, it only shows the date our petition was received. It has been more than 20 months. How can we find out exactly what our status is?

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    With the assistance of an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney you can continue to make inquiries with USCIS, directly, through congressmen, or file a mandamus action in federal court to force USCIS to make a decision.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can make inquiries through the USCIS e-gov service every 30 days.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It appears your I-526 is outside current average processing times. Have your immigration attorney make an inquiry with the EB-5 unit.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is not much else you can do. You can email the USCIS Investor Program Office (USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov), but you likely will get a standard answer that your petition is pending adjudication. While 20 months to process an I-526 petition is beyond the average processing time, it is by no means unusual.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    Typically, online will only reveal some information, such as when your petition was received. However, unless there is a major change in the status of your petition, such as Notice of Intent to Deny, Request for Further Evidence, or even a denial, chances are no further online changes will be noted. The only alternative for further inquiry is a short visit to the USCIS office for an InfoPass face-to-face meeting with a USCIS official. Such a meeting must be pre-arranged online. Advisably, consult an attorney to further address this matter.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    The best way would be to have your attorney contact USCIS. They usually will not respond to the individual investor.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your options are very limited and this causes a great deal of frustration for all EB-5 investors. The fact that your I-526 petition has been pending for more than 20 months since the date of filing means that you are beyond the USCIS published I-526 processing times. Unfortunately, this occurs more often than it should. Your options are simply to wait, to contact USCIS asking for the status or, in some instances, if you have an appropriate contact, to ask the appropriate U.S. Congressman to make an inquiry regarding the status of your petition on your behalf. Even if that inquiry is made, it is no guarantee that it will shake loose your I-526 petition and that you would thereafter receive a timely decision.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    At 20 months you are past due and can do an inquiry, but it will not give any useful information. The case status is either pending, or being adjudicated. Your case status is pending. Unfortunately, 20 months is not unusual, but your lawyer should follow up.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    IPO Investor processing times are showing 16.4 months, so you should contact them by email and/or inquire through the USCIS customer service number on the status of your case. "Immigrant Investor Program Office - Instructions on Using the Chart:" Below is a chart that shows the form number, form name and processing times for the following forms that are processed by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO). Find the particular form number (in the left column) or form name (in the center column) in which you are interested. In the right column you will find a time-frame in months representing the average processing time for that form type. Please note some cases may take longer to process. For a Form I-526 you can check the status of your case online or email USCIS.ImmigrantInvestorProgram@uscis.dhs.gov if your Form I-526, Form I-829, or Form I-924 is beyond the stated processing time-frame.

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    Peter Zhang

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can call customer service. If it is outside of their normal processing time (which 20 months seems to be), then they should be able to figure out a solution.

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    Johanna Keamy

    Immigration Attorney
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    1. For case status, you may look it up online at: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do 2. Or call toll-free 1-800-375-5283. If you have an attorney, the attorney can phone the attorney line and speak with an Immigration Officer. If the case is outside of the normal processing time, a service request should be made. The Service will provide a case number for all service requests.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your lawyer who filed the I-526 should be making an inquiry on the status of the case stating that the case has been pending longer than normal processing time. I do note, however, many cases are taking longer than 16+ months that is posted by USCIS as the normal processing time.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    According to the website for United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, the I-526 petition processing time is at 16.4 months. To learn more about the status, you can always have your immigration attorney reach out to United States Citizenship & Immigration Services. If you are in the United States, you can request an INFOPASS appointment at your nearest United States Citizenship & Immigration Services field office.

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    Louis M Piscopo

    Immigration Attorney
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    Go to the USCIS website and click on "USCIS Processing Time Information." You can find it on the same page that you went to check the status of your case. Right below that is a section called "RELATED TOOLS" and under there a box to check processing times. Once on that page, you can click on the processing times for EB-5 cases. The processing times for an I-526 as of April 31, 2016 was 16 months, so your case is overdue.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Put in a service request. If that fails, follow up with the Ombudsman's office. If that fails, file a mandamus petition.

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