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Jan 6, 2017

USCIS Publishes Updated EB-5 Processing Times and Institutes a New Format

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Just before the New Year, USCIS released updated processing time reports, with processing dates as of October 31, 2016, for a number of Service Centers.  Most importantly for our purposes, the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program processing times are included in this report.  For our readers’ convenience we have included the updated processing time table below:

Average Processing Times for Immigrant Investor Program Office as of: October 31, 2016



Classification or Basis for Filing:

Processing Cases As Of Date:


 Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur

For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States

July 12, 2015


Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors)

October 10, 2014


Application For Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program

Application For Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program

September 6, 2015


Critically, on January 5, USCIS also announced that it will no longer post processing times using weeks or months.  In the past, USCIS posted processing times using two different formats:

  • For cases that were within USCIS production goals, the processing times were listed in weeks or months; and
  • For cases that were outside USCIS goals, processing times were listed with a specific date.

Now, USCIS will post all processing times using a specific date format rather than in weeks or months. 

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