FY 2019 Q4 processing: high I-526 denials continue; I-829 numbers much more positive

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U.S. Citizenship ||abc|| Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the latest processing numbers. As expected, with new regulations looming, I-526 filings surged. Processing was still slow, and denial rates were still very high at just more than half the number of those approved (356 approvals vs. 190 denials). Conversely, I-829 filings showed a much more positive picture with low denials rates. We can see from the latest numbers that I-526 processing is still slow — hopefully, at least partly due to the program changes that were to come. And because of such changes on the horizon, I-526 filings were predictably high. The approval vs. denial ratio was not quite as high as the previous quarter, but much higher than the first two quarters by a significant margin.

2019 I-526 processing stats

Quarter / Petitions received / Petitions approved / Petitions denied 1 / 1,808 / 2,175 / 398 2 / 580 / 795 / 180 3 / 615 / 333 / 246 4 / 1,191 / 356 / 190 I-829 processing paints a more positive story for investors. Processing numbers don’t show the huge decline that I-526 numbers do. And denial rates have actually trended down, again in contrast to I-526 numbers. Once an investor gets an EB5 Green Card, his or her chances of removing conditions appear very high.

2019 I-829 processing stats

Quarter / Petitions received / Petitions approved / Petitions denied 1 / 797 / 443 / 31 2 / 921 / 270 / 15 3 / 1,171 / 574 / 39 4 / 867 / 349 / 12 See the USCIS page for I-526 stats See the USCIS page for I-829 stats

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