IIUSA Data Report: Form I-829 Statistics for Q2 Fiscal Year 2021

USCIS published the quarterly statistics for all application and petition form types for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal year (FY) 2021 (January 1st – March 31th, 2021), including the latest data for Form I-526, Form I-829, Form I-924, and Form I-924A.

With the latest statistics for Form I-829 performance, IIUSA produced this data report (members-only) to inform industry stakeholders of the latest data trends on the final step of the immigration process for EB-5 investors in Q2 FY2021.

(Figure 1 at I-829 Data Report: Form I-829 Filings vs Adjudications in the First Half of Fiscal Year, Year-Over-Year Comparison)

KEY DATA HIGHLIGHTS

Form I-829 Filings:

  • A total of 1,053 I-829 petitions were filed in Q2, FY2021. With a quarterly growth of 414%, the number of I-829 filings bounced back significantly from Q1 when the volume of I-829 filings was at its historically low.
  • During the first half of FY2021, 1,258 EB-5 investors filed their I-829 petition, a 22% decline year over year.

Form I-829 Adjudications:

  • In Q2 FY2021, USCIS adjudicated 603 I-829 petitions, 12% less than what the agency did during Q1, FY2021.
  • On average, USCIS processed 214 I-829 cases per month in FY2021.

Form I-829 Approval Rate:

  • The average approval rate of I-829 petitions was approximately 94% in Q1, FY2021, unchanged from the average approval rate in Q1, FY2021.

Form I-829 Backlog:

  • As of the end of Q2, FY2021 (March 31th, 2021), a total of 10,356 I-829 cases were still pending at USCIS. The backlog of I-829 petitions increased by 5% from the last quarter.
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