On July 12, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) released the new I-526E Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor form. This form will replace the standard I-526 form for regional center associated investors and will allow investors to begin filing petitions soon.
One of the most notable changes in the new I-526E form, as compared to the legacy I-526, is that it will incorporate the evidence submitted within a regional center’s filed I-956F petition. The USCIS has indicated that I-526E petitions must include an I-956F receipt number and NCE ID number upon submission. This should allow USCIS to associate new I-526E petitions to a previously filed I-956F petition.
The I-956F petition, under requirements established by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, must be filed by regional centers for each of their EB-5 investment offerings. This new petition is similar to older I-924 ‘Exemplar’ petitions. It contains information related to the new commercial enterprise an EB-5 investment offering will target, as well as job creation projections, a TEA analysis (if applicable), etc.
This should be beneficial for EB-5 investors and immigration attorneys alike by creating a more streamlined and less cumbersome process for individual investor filings. CMB – VNIS Investment partner has already filed I-956F petitions for two new investment opportunities and is currently accepting new investors. We are awaiting receipt notices from the USCIS on both. Once received, new CMB / VNIS Investment EB-5 investors will be able to immediately file their individual I-526E petitions.