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EB5 Visa Processing Time

The EB5 Visa Processing Time encompasses the period from investing in a qualified EB5 project to obtaining a Lawful Permanent Residency with a Green Card. At AGACS PVT LTD, our recent experience indicates an EB5 Visa Processing Time of 6-12 months for Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor, specifically for investments in rural area projects.

Key Points

- 5 stages in the Eb5 visa processing time for a permanent Green Card.

- The choice of investment project may impact processing times.

- Other factors affecting the Eb5 timeline include country of charges ability, priority date, and concurrent filing of forms I-485 & I-526E.

EB5 Visa Processing Time Stages

Investment for an EB5 Project (2 Months)

-The average timeline for organizing funds and investing in an EB5 Project is 2 months.

-Capital investment must come from lawful sources, requiring comprehensive documentation.

-Collaboration with immigration attorneys ensures compliance with USCIS standards.

Filing Form, I-526 or I-526E typically takes between 6 to 24 months.

-Processing time for Form I-526/I-526E ranges from 6 to 24 months.

-Approval of I-526 signifies eligibility for an EB5 Green Card.

Adjustment of Status in the US or Consular processing (6 to 12 months)

-EB5 Timeline for status adjustment in the US is 6 to 12 months.

-Concurrent filing of I-485 and I-526E for non-backlogged countries shortens processing times.

-Consular processing for investors outside the US takes 6 to 12 months.

Conditional Green Card (2 Years)

-Conditional Permanent Resident status is valid for 2 years.

-Investors must fulfill investment and job creation requirements within this period.

Approval of Form I-829 (22 to 48.5 months)

-Processing time for I-829 ranges from 22 to 48.5 months on average.

-Approval removes conditions on the Green Card, granting Lawful Permanent Residency.

How to Reduce Processing Times for EB5 Visa

-Investing in a rural area project expedites processing times.

-Concurrent filing of I-485 and I-526E petitions reduces processing times by 12 to 24 months.

When Can I Move to the United States After Filing for EB5 Visa?

-If residing outside the US, relocation is possible after I-485 approval.

-Conditional Green Card allows living, working, and studying in the USA for 2 to 4 years.

EB5 Visa Wait Time 

-No EB5 Visa Wait Time, except for China.

-The Visa Bulletin indicates priority dates and wait times for each country.

Effect of Country of Chargeability on EB5 Visa Timeline

-Longer EB5 Timeline if the chargeability country is China.

-Non-backlogged countries experience a quicker process.

EB5 Visa Priority Dates for All Countries

-The priority date is current (C) for all countries, except China.

-A current priority date implies no additional wait time for a Green Card application.

AGACS PVT LTD is dedicated to assisting you in the EB5 program for US citizenship through investment. Our expertise ensures a smooth immigration experience. For specific case details, refer to the USCIS Case Processing Times page.


Q: What is the typical processing time for an EB-5 visa application?

A: The processing time for an EB-5 visa application can vary, but on average, it takes approximately 18 to 24 months. However, individual cases may experience shorter or longer processing times based on various factors.

Q: Are there any factors that can influence the EB-5 visa processing time?

A: Yes, several factors can impact the EB-5 visa processing time, including the completeness of the application, USCIS workload, background checks, source of funds verification, and any changes in immigration policies or procedures.

Q: Can the premium processing service expedite the EB-5 visa application timeline?

A: No, the premium processing service, which is available for certain visa categories, does not apply to the EB-5 visa program. EB-5 applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and expedited processing is not an option.

Q: How can an EB-5 applicant monitor the status of their visa application during the processing period?

A: Applicants can check the status of their EB-5 visa application by using the USCIS online case status tool or by contacting the National Visa Center (NVC) if the case has progressed to that stage. Regular updates on the processing status are typically provided throughout the application process.

Q: Are there any strategies to potentially reduce the EB-5 visa processing time?

A: While processing times are largely dependent on USCIS procedures, applicants can help expedite the process by ensuring their application is complete, responding promptly to any USCIS requests for additional information, and staying informed about any changes in immigration policies that may affect processing times. Engaging experienced immigration professionals can also help navigate the process more efficiently.

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