Enterline and Partners Consulting Managing Partner David Enterline has obtained another approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Investor Program Office (“USCIS IPO”) to expedite the review of his investor’s I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (“I-526 Petition”). An approval of a request to expedite the review of a I-526 Petition is not an approval or a denial of the I-526 Petition, but with an approval, the USCIS IPO will take the I-526 Petition out of the regular processing queue and assign it to an officer for immediate review. In our experience, decisions can be obtained in as little as 2 to 4 weeks, although the processing time will vary.
The USCIS may consider an expedite request if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Severe financial loss to a company or person, provided that the need for urgent action is not the result of the petitioner’s or applicant’s failure to:
- File the benefit request or the expedite request in a reasonable time frame, or
- Respond to any requests for additional evidence in a reasonably timely manner;
- Urgent humanitarian reasons;
- Compelling U.S. government interests (such as urgent cases for the Department of Defense or DHS, or other public safety or national security interests); or
- Clear USCIS error.
In this case, the investor made an investment into a drug addiction treatment center which will treat individuals suffering from addiction to pain medication during the “Opioid Epidemic” in the United States. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Americans have suffered pain medication addiction and there have been tens of thousands of deaths. We showed “compelling U.S. government interest” for the treatment center’s investors to be granted expedited approval of our client’s I-526 Petition so that the treatment center could use her investment immediately to begin helping Americans.
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