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What does it mean if an EB-5 case is pending with the IPO?

My I-526 application was filed with the USCIS California Service Center in Aug. 2012. According to Case Status Online, my "Response to USCIS' Request for Evidence" was received by USCIS on Nov. 2013 and will be worked on by the California Service Center office. From then until now, I have not received any notice or updates from USCIS. A few days ago, I asked USCIS about my status and they replied that my case is currently pending with the IPO. What does this mean? Does it mean that my case has been moved to the IPO to review?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    IPO is the USCIS office that handles EB-5 cases. If your case has been pending since 2012, contact your attorney and ask to make an inquiry with the USCIS EB-5 office as your case is significantly outside the average processing times.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    Correct, this may delay your answer even longer.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    The IPO office is the EB-5 case office located in Washington, D.C. USCIS announced last year that all the EB-5 cases were moved from California to the IPO in D.C. So, if you were told that your case is pending at the IPO, your case is in the D.C. office. The fact that your case was filed in 2012 and still pending, your attorney should be checking that status monthly as the current processing times at the IPO are 15+ months and your case is way, way beyond that.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    The IPO is the Immigrant Investor Program Office, which is the specific office USCIS created for EB-5 cases. USCIS still accepts cases at the California Service Center and transfers them to the IPO for review.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    IPO is who adjudicates these cases. Yours is massively past due. File a mandamus if not adjudicated in the next few days.

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