USCIS has released new data which shows that average I-526 processing times have reduced by about 5 months in 2020. The latest data released in October 2020 shows that for the period Oct 2019 to Aug 2020, adjudications have been processed in an average of 14.1 months. This is a significant reduction from the previous year, when adjudications were averaging 19.8 months.Continue reading “USCIS EB-5 processing time reduces to 14.1 months”
The January 2020 Visa bulletin is out today. The Final action date (FAD) for India has moved 4 months to May 1 2018 compared to Jan 1 2018 as per the December 2019 Visa bulletin. The FAD has moved very quickly in the last 5 months. Continue reading “India EB-5 Outlook Jan 2020”
$900,000 (TEA – Rural area Projects)
$1.8 Million (Non-TEA / Urban area projects)
Welcome to the Phase 2 of the EB-5 program which include new investment limits and new TEA area criteria set by DHS. The rules have been made more tighter for which projects to qualify for the $900,000 investment limit.Continue reading “EB-5 Investment limits”
The House of representatives today have approved HR 4378, effectively extending the EB5 Program till Nov 21 2019. The Senate is also expected to approve this next week before Sep 30. Extension of the program till Nov 21 will also coincide with the end of the $500k/$1MM (TEA/Non-TEA) investment limits.
Update: The EB-5 Program has been extended until Nov 21 2019.
Most people interested in EB5, know by now that the Investment amounts have gone up from $500,000 for a TEA project to $900,000 ($1 million to $1.8 Million for non TEA). Another major rule change that hasn’t quite gotten the same coverage is the new rules requiring DHS to assign the TEA regions, as opposed to the current method of allowing states the benefit to define TEAs.Continue reading “What do the new EB5 regulations mean after Nov 21 2019”
What is the success rate of an EB-5 visa to the USA? Are the projects safe enough to invest in?
USCIS hasn’t shared the success rate of EB-5 Visas in a while. But based on past data from USCIS, the success rate of approval of I-526 petitions (The 1st step of the EB-5 process where in the investor gets a conditional green card after 526 approval) is around 80%. After 22 months of receiving the conditional Green card, the EB-5 petitioner can apply for an I-829 (permanent green card). The success rate of this was around 95% in the past.Continue reading “Success rates of EB-5 Visas”
As I have predicted in my previous post, the new rules are here. Today on July 24 2019, USCIS has published their new investment amounts for EB5 & new TEA guidelines. The amounts have gone upto $900,000 for TEA & $1.8 Million dollars for non-TEA. These are effective November 21 2019. Continue reading “New EB5 investment amounts – $900K & $1.8 Million finalized”
USCIS will publish it’s Final Rule the next 1-2 weeks in the Federal Register finalizing the new investment amount limits for EB5 and other new regulations to the program. The rule RIN: 1615-AC07 which completed OMB Review on June 27 2019 is being touted as a modernization of the EB5 program. Continue reading “EB-5 Investment about to go up close to $1 Million or more”