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How long does I-526 approval take for a direct investment?

I heard that I 526 gets approved faster in case of small direct investment franchise project rather than large Regional center. Is this true?

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
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    This is does not hold true in every case, but smaller direct investments have been processed faster than regional centers. But there is nothing indicating it applies to every direct investment case.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    Depending on the region it can take anywhere from 6 months to 9 months. Currently they are being processed faster than Regional Center applications.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    The current processing time for I-526 is approximately 10-12 months from filing, same with direct investment or Regional Center investment.

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    Roberto Ortiz

    Immigration Attorney
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    The processing times for direct EB-5s is the same as Regional Center EB-5s. Currently, USCIS is processing March 16, 2012.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    We have seen shorter processing times for smaller direct cases vs. large Regional Center project investments.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Whether it is direct investment in stand-alone business or through a regional center, the I-526 adjudication period should be the same. The USCIS is currently stating that it is taking 12 months to process the I-526. However, I am also hearing that USCIS is taking shorter amount of time to review these stand-alone business investments.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    Direct investment I-526 petition processing seems to be faster right now that regional center processing. Processing times are subject to change and that might not be the case in the future.

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    Anthony Ravani

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is not dependent on the type of investment, all I-526 applications are currently taking about one year for the USCIS to process. USCIS is currently processing I-526''s that were filed in April 2012. However, USCIS has indicated in some conferences with lawyers that they are trying to improve their process and be able to do it faster.

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    Angeline Chen

    Immigration Attorney
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    Could take 6 months to over a year. It is not necessarily faster than a regional center. It totally depends on the project. Some RC projects are getting approved really quickly if they have previous approvals. You really have to be comfortable with the project, whether it''s direct or RC.

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    Jeffrey E Campion

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes. It is faster now. Perhaps, it could take 3 months. But remember, there are job creation issues to address.

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    Rachel Lew

    Immigration Attorney
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    The average processing time is 5-6 months. Depending on the issuance of RFEs and the time it takes you to submit the further evidence, it can also take up to 8 months. I have not heard that USCIS has different processing times for direct investment vs. regional center affiliated petitions.

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    Mark Ivener

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are no statistics that confirm this, but the word among attorneys is that it is true.

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    Rohit Kapuria

    Immigration Attorney
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    Arguably, this is true because there is no need for an economist to document the job impact and the submitted petitions tend to be much smaller as compared with those submitted with larger regional center I-526 petitions. Direct EB-5 investments have certainly been making a comeback in the past year and shorter processing time frames has been one of the key arguments used for this movement within the investor market.

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