The USCIS has posted an Alert regarding fee payments for concurrent EB-5 Form I-526 Petition and Form I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program webpage.

“ALERT: Beginning Sept. 1, 2022, we will no longer accept a single, combined fee payment when an applicant or petitioner files Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor, or Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor, together with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusForm I-131, Application for Travel Document, or Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Petitioners may combine the fee payment for Forms I-485, I-131 and I-765. However, petitioners must send a separate fee payment for Form I-526 or Form I-526E.”

If a petitioner or applicant submits a single, combined fee payment for Forms I-526 or I-526E and the other forms, we will reject the forms for improper fee payment and return the fee.

Concurrent filing of a Form I-526 Petition and a Form I-485 Adjustment Application is now available for EB-5 investors following enactment of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (“RIA”) in March 2022. Prior to the RIA, an EB-5 Petitioner had to wait for his or her Form I-526 Petition to be approved before being eligible to file a Form I-485 Adjustment Application.

Adjustment of Status means that a person who has been lawfully admitted to the United States and remains in valid nonimmigrant status, for example, an F-1 student or an H-1B temporary worker, and is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition, may “adjust” their status in the U.S. and become a permanent resident.  Such a person does not have to attend an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy outside the United States.

To be eligible to file for the concurrent filing, the EB-5 investor, and any qualified family members, must be in the U.S. on valid nonimmigrant visa status, and a visa must be immediately available at the time of, or subsequent to, the I-526 Petition filing.

If you think you may be eligible for concurrent or subsequent adjustment of status, contact us info@enterlinepartners.com and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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