I got an email saying that my EB-5 visa interview in Sydney in late January was cancelled, supposedly due to a lapse in the extension of the program or the U.S. government shutdown. When can I expect to get it re-scheduled?
Have your attorney contact NVC regarding rescheduling. The regional center program was extended to Sept. 30, 2019, and interviews should be rescheduled.
Once the government shutdown is over, you should hear from them shortly thereafter. It is quite frustrating, but there is really nothing that can be done at the moment except wait!
Probably, once a deal is made to reopen government functions like the Department of State, which controls the consulates.
According to the USCIS immigrant investor unit updates, as of Dec. 22, 2018, they have put the unadjudicated regional center affiliated Forms I-526 and I-485 (presumably this also applies to immigrant visa processing) on hold for an undetermined length of time. Until either the government shutdown ends or extension of the program is announced, I don't think we will be seeing any movement for your re-scheduling.
It's impossible to know when your immigration interview, based upon an approved EB-5 petition, will be rescheduled at the American consulate in Sydney or elsewhere. Given the fact that it's uncertain when the EB-5 regional center program will be continued, it's almost certain that when the government finally approves a continuing resolution to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, it will extend the EB-5 regional center program.
Get in contact with the agency that cancelled the visa interview and request by email that your interview be rescheduled. Also, both you and your attorney should be on top of the news on the U.S. government shutdown and when it is likely to be over.
Once the government shutdown is over, then the EB-5 regional center program will be continued and the U.S. consulates will start again professing and interviewing applicants for conditional permanent resident interviews.
No one knows for sure, but most people expect that the interview will be re-scheduled for February 2019 or March 2019 at the latest.
Coordinate with the consulate, but they usually do this automatically.
They will get in touch with you when the program is reauthorized after the shutdown. Once the government reopens, ask your lawyer to contact the consulate post to request the rescheduling.
Once the government shutdown ends.
It will be rescheduled as soon as the program is reauthorized by Congress. I recommend you coordinate with your investment immigration attorney to see that your interview gets rescheduled.
As soon as our ignorant president ends the government shutdown. Hopefully soon!
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