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How long does processing take after an officer has been assigned to the case?

I am an investor, and received an e-mail notification from USCIS stating, in part, that "receipt WACxxxxxxxxxx is currently assigned to a USCIS Officer. We appreciate your patience as we work on your case." How long does processing take after an officer has been assigned to the case?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    Processing times vary once an officer is assigned to a case; it could be one month, it could be many months. The published processing times currently show an average I-526 processing time of 14.7 months. For the majority of this time, the case is sitting on a shelf waiting for a call up date to be assigned to an officer. Therefore, you can surmise that a case assigned to an officer is nearing the end of the adjudication process, but it is not possible to predict how long the officer will take to complete the adjudication.

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    Elana Laverty

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Unfortunately there is no way to predict how long it will take an officer to process your case. The current average processing time for I-526 petitions is almost 14 months and one must factor in the possibility of receiving a RFE which could further delay the case.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Based upon our experience, the adjudication process of the I-526 petition may take 14 months more or less. Every case is different.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    No real way to give an accurate answer. Lately, everything seems to be backlogged!

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is best to look at the USCIS website''s posted processing times.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    I-526 processing times are currently more than 13 months, but sometimes USCIS will send interim notices like this. If the case is still under that 13-month mark, you may still have some time to go.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    There is no particular timeframe. The average processing time for I-526s is 13 months, some cases take longer and some cases process faster. We have seen as short as under two months recently. Your attorney should be able to make a status request with the EB-5 unit if your case falls outside the average processing times.

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