On August 25, 2022 a settlement was reached in two cases between multiple plaintiffs against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) that re-authorized previously approved regional centers which USCIS had deauthorized following the enactment of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act in March 2022.

The settlement agrees to the following conditions:

  • Previously authorized regional centers retain their authorization;
  • Previously authorized regional centers that have not yet filed Form I-956 must do so by December 29, 2022, along with the filing fee, to maintain authorization;
  • Previously authorized regional centers need not wait for approval of their Form I-956 to file and receive adjudications from USCIS;
  • Previously authorized regional centers may immediately file Form I-956F project applications;
  • If, after filing a Form I-956F, a regional center does not receive a formal receipt notice within ten calendar days of delivery to USCIS, an investor may use other evidence of the I-956F filing with their Form I-526E petition, such as a lock box receipt or cashed check or credit card charge provided by the regional center to the investor;
  • The failure of a previously approved regional center to file a Form I-956 application or amendment will not, standing alone, be a basis for USCIS to deny an investor’s Form I-526 or Form I-829 petition;

USCIS will update its website, forms, and instructions to conform to the terms of the settlement agreement.

If you have questions about the EB-5 immigrant investor visa, contact us at info@enterlinepartners.com and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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