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New Developments and Hot Topics in the EB-5 Investor Green Card Arena

  1. USCIS will introduce direct two-way email contact with immigration examiners beginning early September 2011 where questions can be asked and issues resolved related to pending I-924.
  2. EB-5 adjudications will be much faster as premium processing will be introduced within weeks. Premium processing requires payment of an extra $1,225 and permits adjudications within 15 regular business days. Premium processing will be limited to so-called “shovel ready” projects and will exclude hypothetical projects. 
  3. USCIS is hiring and training economists and is moving towards a consultative process where regional centers can present evidence to economists and other experts.
  4. On September 8, 2011, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will consider whether to recommend a permanent or temporary extension of the regional center program, as well as other investor options including a new EB-6 investor program.
  5.  Regional center adjudications are being processed more expeditiously with current estimated times at 3-4 months and amendments estimated at about 1 month. 
  6. Requests for evidence are being processed on a priority basis and may review within 1 month.
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