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What happens with combo card processing while the EB-5 program awaits reauthorization?

I know I-485 will not be processed until reauthorization of the EB-5 regional center program. But is USCIS still processing combo cards petitions (I-765, I-131) filed before June 30, 2021? Are biometrics taken before combo cards are issued? If yes, will biometric notice come after EB-5 is re-authorized? What is the current expected wait time for combo card from California Service Center?

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    I have not seen a definitive statement on this.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    USCIS policy memorandum regarding the EB-5 Regional Center program lapse is silent on this point. AILA stated they’re seeking further guidance from USCIS. Assistant U.S. Attorney believes USCIS cannot process EAD/APs until reauthorization.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    While USCIS has issued conflicting advice on this, in 2018 when we had the last lapse, the administration did continue to process EADs and APs. So it’s surprising to me to see the “so-called more pro-immigrant administration” take a more restrictive view than the Trump Administration. I expect they will be processing these interim benefits.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    Several lawyers have told me they are still processing EAD and travel documents for Regional Center investments. Also, they have announced the above in several court cases.