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How will the lapse in the EB-5 regional center program affect the waiting times for direct EB-5 cases?

Will the adjudications go much faster now when the EB-5 regional center program is on hold? What happens with the quota numbers?

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    In theory, yes, USCIS should focus on adjudicating direct I-526s. If the Regional Center program is not authorized this summer/fall, then it’s possible that direct EB-5 visa bulletin will be impacted.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The lapse in the EB-5 regional center program will not impact a direct investment EB-5 based petition.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I suspect that direct green card cases under the EB-5 program will be processed more expeditiously.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    We have always assumed that USCIS would improve processing times for direct and allocate the visas to direct cases, but we haven’t seen that happen in the past.