Data Report: EB-5 Processing Times Monthly Update for May 2021

Using data from USCIS, IIUSA’s latest EB-5 processing time report (full report here) illustrates the updates of EB-5 wait times for adjudicating I-526 petitions, I-829 petitions and I-924 applications in May 2021.


The following processing times for Form I-526, Form I-829 and Form I-924 are reported as a range between the low end (representing the time it takes to complete 50% of cases) and the high end (indicating the time to complete 93% of cases).

As of the end of May 2021:

Form I-526 processing time: 31 – 49.5 months (excluding petitioners from mainland China).

  • Approximately half of the I-526 petitions filed by an investor not from mainland China were processed within 31 months; while the vast majority of the cases were adjudicated within 50 months. 
  • The low end of I-526 processing times has shown little change in 2021, remaining around 30 months, while the high end has increased by 7 months between January and May 2021    

Form I-526 processing time: 69 – 88 months for petitioners from mainland China.

  • Under IPO’s new approach to process I-526 cases that is based on visa availability, the average I-526 processing times for Chinese investors continued to increase in May 2021, due to the lack of movement of the “dates for filing” for the Chinese EB-5 visa applicants.
  • Overall, the low end of I-526 processing time for Chinese petitioners increased by nearly 20 months, while the high end was also up by 12.5 months in 2021. 

Form I-829 processing time: 35.5 – 64 months.

  • 50% of the I-829 cases were processed within 35.5 months and the vast majority of I-829 adjudications were completed within 64 months.  
  • After experiencing an irregular surge in March and April, the high end of I-829 processing time dropped back to under 65 months in May 2021. 

Form I-924 processing time: 19 – 64 months.

  • The regular processing time for Form I-924 applications, including an initial designation or an amendment to a Regional Center, was between 19 and 64 months. 
  • Given the fact that now USCIS only adjudicates a handful of I-924 cases, the processing time of a particular I-924 application could generate a noticeable impact on the overall I-924 processing time. Therefore, the I-924 processing time data has shown rapid fluctuation in 2021. 


All EB-5 processing times information in one place

IIUSA is excited to launch this interactive data dashboard featuring the latest processing time ranges and historical processing time trends for I-526 petitions, I-829 petitions and I-924 applications.

This free resource, available on IIUSA’s website, saves your time by aggregating pertinent processing time statistics across the USCIS website and displaying them all at one place.

Add this new interactive EB-5 Processing Times Data Dashboard to your bookmark and stay up-to-date with the key statistics that are the most relevant to EB-5 investors and regional center operators.


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