Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Procedures for Processing EB-5 Petitions

USCIS is enhancing the EB-5 immigrant investor program by transforming the intake and review process.  In May, USCIS proposed fundamental enhancements to streamline the EB-5 process which include: extending the availability of premium processing for certain EB-5 applications and petitions;  implementing direct lines of communication between the applicants and USCIS; and providing applicants with the opportunity for an interview before a USCIS panel of experts to resolve outstanding issues in an application.  After reviewing stakeholder feedback on the proposal, USCIS will begin implementing the first of these enhancements within 30 days.