Veteran EB-5 immigration lawyer Bernard Wolfsdorf says his firm has in the last couple months seen approvals for I-526 petitions filed in Q1 FY 2019. Doing the math of recent processing numbers and filings, he says it’s “realistic to guesstimate” that investors (from non-backlogged countries) in the next year or two could be looking at I-526 processing times of just one to two years.
Recent I-526 processing times have been just over two years
Bernard Wolfsdorf has been around in EB-5. He remembers clients complaining about six month wait times for their I-526 to be processed. Today, USCIS is posting 30 to 48.5 months to adjudicate the initial investor petition. Even though Immigration Service posted times are inflated compared with actual wait times, most lawyers and stakeholders estimate that the typical processing time is around two years.