The latest EB-5 news reports that adjudication of EB-5 visa applications will be moving to Washington, DC.
On December 3, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas noted on a stakeholder conference call that within four to six months, EB-5 responsibilities will be moved to Washington, DC, under a new EB-5 Program Office. The chief of the new office will report to the USCIS Deputy Director. According to unofficial reports on the call, Director Mayorkas said a goal is to move toward a more dynamic, direct e-mail relationship between adjudicators and the public, and to move away from the current “request for evidence” model. The new EB-5 Program Office will handle adjudications, legislative affairs, and policy, in addition to having full-time staff devoted to identifying fraud.
In other news, USCIS released the latest DACA statistics on December 13. As of that date there were 367,903 submitted applications of which 355,889 were accepted. There have been a total of 336,464 biometrics scheduled and there are 157,151 cases under review. Of the total applications that were submitted, only 102,965 have been approved. This means that only 27.9% of cases have been approved thus far. To see the most updated graph, please see here.