With another U.S. government shutdown potentially coming, how long will it take USCIS to adjudicate an I-526 case? As a Japanese national, how long do I have to wait to receive a conditional green card?
Japan is not oversubscribed and, at most, the waiting time for I-526 is about 15 to 20 months, assuming all the necessary documentation is properly done.
I-526 petition processing times do not change based on a country of origin and currently average about two years. Some cases pend longer than this time frame and some cases are adjudicated sooner. Once I-526 is approved, the next step is immigrant visa consular processing, which takes on average three to six months. If you are in the U.S. in another lawful immigration status, you may file for adjustment of status to a conditional permanent resident after the I-526 petition is approved.
The I-526 adjudication periods have consistently been rising as of late across the board. It has nothing to do with retrogression since that does not affect the I-526 approval process. Besides, there is no retrogression for Japanese investors at the moment, anyway. You could wait anywhere between 12 to 24 months and, in some very rare cases, longer for the I-526 approval to come in. After that, for the conditional green card, you would typically wait six to nine months, though consular processing could be faster.
There is no backlog under the quota for EB-5 investors from Japan. The USCIS may take an unpredictable amount of time to adjudicate an I-526 petition, but it could take as long as 12 months or even longer. Thus, you would have to wait anywhere from one to two years before you can obtain conditional lawful permanent residency.
There is very little consistency, but I like to advise clients not subject to extra waiting lines to expect 18 months to two years.
USCIS takes anywhere from 14 to 26 months to adjudicate an I-526. If you consular process, your IV should be ready within four months after the initial visa application is filed (depends largely on you and how quickly you go through the required steps). A CPR card will follow in the mail within two weeks after you enter the U.S. on an IV.
There is no waiting list, the visas are immediately available. There are, however, normal processing times that one can find on USCIS.gov. The government shutdown does not affect USCIS applications.
There is no backlog for Japan, so standard processing times apply to EB-5 investors from Japan. (About 18 to 24 months)
I-526 petition review does not change by country of origin. Right now, the average of about two years applies to all I-526 applicants. Country of origin matters when you are applying for the green card. Right now, Japanese investors do not face any additional delays due to visa availability retrogression like the Chinese investors face.
Check general category on the State Department's Visa Bulletin.
Currently showing 20.5 to 27 months just to get the I-526 approved. Immigrant visa stage is thereafter and figure 4-plus months for that.
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