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What information is discussed at USCIS’ EB-5 stakeholder conferences?

USCIS hosted a stakeholder conference regarding the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program’s Regional Center Program. I wasn’t able to participate on the call. I’m an investor in a regional center project and my I-526 petition has been pending for nearly 2 years. What information is presented at these conferences?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Topics vary with each stakeholder meeting. Sometimes they are listening sessions or Q&A sessions. Currently, USCIS is processing I-526 petitions received as of 10/18/2015. If your case falls outside the published processing times, your attorney should make an inquiry with the USCIS EB-5 unit.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS hosts stakeholders meetings periodically and invites regional center representatives, attorneys, etc. In such meetings, USCIS provides a snapshot of their workload, processing time progression, any upcoming policy positions, any adjudication trends and many other things. After their briefing, they take questions from the audience, live or via telephone. They do not answer any investor or case specific questions as this is designed to brief people on the agency positions in general and take concerns that are applicable to an industry-wide audience.

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    Anthony Korda

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS generally does not discuss case specific issues during stakeholder conferences. General topics may include processing times, policy statements, USCIS''s interpretation of the various EB-5 Regulations, staffing etc. Occasionally, USCIS invites comments from Stakeholders to address problems or make improvements.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is usually a Q&A setting where regional center representatives, attorneys and government officials from USCIS are in attendance. No specific case status is discussed, but mostly policy and procedural questions are raised and addressed.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The topics are varied. The last one was mainly a listening session. Unfortunately, 2 years is almost a norm as the average is now about 21 months.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    Information presented at these conferences is typically in response to questions from people in the EB-5 industry, be they representatives of regional centers, projects and/or EB-5 investor attorneys. They have to do with a multitude of both technical and practical questions including concerns about the backlog.

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