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What is causing the delay in I-829 processing times?

The processing time for the I-829 is currently over 22 months. What is causing USCIS processing to take so long? Is there any chance the processing times will decrease in the next year?

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    Kyle Barella

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The large number of I-829 petitions are causing the delay. USCIS is aware of the long processing times and (hopefully) will be hiring more adjudicators this fiscal year.

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    Marisa Casablanca

    Immigration Attorney
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    Processing times have increased due to the demand for these types of visas. The staffing of the unit that adjudicates these petitions has not been able to keep up the pace of the filings.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is just that there are too many applications and not enough adjudicators. I do not see any change in the near future.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Too many pending petitions, not enough adjudicators, USCIS not allocating resources properly, take your pick. USCIS does have a goal of reducing processing times, but it remains to be seen if that goal is going to be achieved anytime soon.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is primarily caused by increased number of petitions filed and inadequate number of USCIS personnel adjudicating EB-5 petitions. USCIS has promised to hire more trained adjudicators.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS moved processing of all EB-5 cases to one office, and the program has been very popular, resulting in delays due to the move and increased caseloads.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    The primary delay in processing of Form I-829 petitions to remove conditional status is caused by an increasing number of petitions that have been filed and inadequately trained USCIS personnel. As the USCIS has hired and trained more individuals, the petitions filed have been filed at a faster rate. The leadership of the USCIS has periodically pledged to increase the number of trained personnel in order to cut down the significant backlog in adjudicating both the original EB-5 investor's I-526 petition and the I-829 petitions.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Processing times can change on a month-to-month basis depending on volume.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    I just heard Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief of the IPO, speak and she explained they have been hiring and implementing training and updating training materials, so we expect it to be faster.

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