In case you missed it, the USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report, 2017, reveals some astounding information about EB-5 China backlogs: recent applicants may face waits of 10 years or longer to immigrate:
“The EB-5 program continues to attract high net-worth foreigners on a worldwide basis, and disproportionately from China. As a result, processing times are long and are getting longer, currently at 16 months for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, and 27 months for Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. As of September 30, 2016, DOS reported there are just over 10,000 approved investor petitions awaiting an immediately available immigrant visa.  The IPO also reported it received 4,395 Forms I-526 in the first quarter of FY 2017,  and attributed this surge to the then looming sunset of the Regional Center program scheduled for December 5, 2016. However, the oversubscription of the EB-5 category by Chinese nationals specifically is significantly larger than it appears. Historical data reveal that, on average, two dependents accompany each principal EB-5 investor to the United States.
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