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Do I get faster Processing of my I-526E Immigrant Petition if I invest in a Regional Center project?

In general, yes, you should get faster I-526E processing as you will be investing in a project that has already been submitted to the USCIS. Also, if the Regional Center project is a Rural Project your I-526E will be given priority processing.

The success of your Immigrant Investor Petition depends on the lawful source of your funds and the quality of the project. An approvable project may require several hundred pages of support documents that the Regional Center would have already sent to the USCIS.

The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA) requires that a Regional Center submits a Form I-956F to USCIS before an investor can submit their I-526E Petition. This form detailed information about the EB-5 Investment Partnership (New Commercial Enterprise, NCE) and the Project (Job Creation Entity, JCE). Approval of the I-956F is not a prerequisite for you to file your I-526E Petition. However, it cuts processing time of your I-526E Petition, as the project will either be under review or already approved.

With a Regional Center project, the USCIS adjudicator will focus solely on your biographical and source of funds documents. Since USCIS gives all the I-526E Petitions of one project to the same adjudicator, we are starting to see that the I-526E Petitions are approved rather quickly after an I-956F project application is approved.

Also, if your project qualifies as a Rural Project, it will be given priority processing. We are starting to see I-956F Rural Project Applications approved in 4 to 6 months and individual I-526E Petitions a few months after that.  

However, you will have to file another Form (I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor) with a very detailed business plan and several hundred pages of support documents if you are doing your direct investment. This form will go to another queue of adjudicators that will have to process the Standalone Project I-526 Petitions ahead of yours.

By going with a Regional Center, you may save several months or even years in the processing time of your Immigrant Investor Petition.