USCIS Updates Visa Availability Approach for Immigrant Investors

Last week, USCIS announced an update to the visa availability approach for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor. The new policy is intended to reduce backlogs and increase application processing efficiency.

  • Currently, the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) manages its Form I-526 petition inventory by determining whether a visa is available (or will be available soon) and whether the underlying project has been reviewed.
  • USCIS generally processes applications according to a first-in, first-out approach.
  • However, the new staggered processing model will group petitions by new commercial enterprise (NCE) with filing dates on or before Nov. 30, 2019, within the workflow queue of petitions where the project has been reviewed and whether there is a visa available or soon to be available.


More information on the new processing model can be found here

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