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When can I as an Indian native expect an approval of my I-526 petition?

I received my I-526 receipt on Aug. 7, 2019. I am an Indian citizen. When can I expect to get an approval of my I-526?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The Immigrant Investor Program Office (USCIS-IPO) is adjudicating I-526 petitions based upon an immigrant visa number availability approach, but it also uses its resources to bundle certain petitions and transfer workloads between officers and teams in a manner that makes it difficult to predict the actual processing time for a given case. Current average processing times are about 30 months, so your petition is likely to be adjudicated slightly earlier or later than that average processing time.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    What does your lawyer say? No one is sure.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    If your Priority Date is current, then just review the posted processing times for I-526s on the USCIS website.

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    Kristal Ozmun

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Many Indian investors who submitted petitions on or after yours have been adjudicated. As such, you may wish to follow up with the USCIS.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Most cases take about 2 years but some are taking longer. If India backlogs as it will likely do so soon, then it could take longer as it will go into the slower backlog line.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    The new policy for prioritizing applicants from countries with currently available green cards means you should expect the normal I-526 processing times. I know, India has flirted with retrogression in recent years but it has been current lately.