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What is the maximum waiting time for I-526 approval?

We have waited now almost two years for our I-526 approval. The project itself received approvals, so there is nothing to be afraid of in terms of the site. Is there a maximum waiting time for I-526 approval? I understand that the 13.4 months is an average, but how many months can a case be over this period?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no maximum. You should contact your attorney to make a service request if your case has been pending beyond the current average processing times of 14 months. Your attorney can also discuss other options with you.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no maximum. Cases can be pending for two years in some cases, and even longer. USCIS has a backlog of cases, which is the primary reason for delays. Inquiries can be made every 30 days or so, and other actions may be taken to encourage or force a decision.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    You or your attorney can call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283, or write to the USCIS immigrant investment email box to make a service request because your case has been out of the processing time.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no maximum time under the statute. I have found that if the project enlists the aid of their congressional office, it usually speeds up your application.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    I would certainly start inquiring every couple of weeks.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    18 months seems to be a threshold time at the moment, but there is no maximum time.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    The current normal processing time is about 15 months for the I-526. If it has been more than 30 days beyond the normal processing time, your attorney should be making an inquiry requesting to expedite the case.

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