U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued guidance on the lapse in the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. It is slated to expire at midnight tonight, June 30, 2021. That guidance is found below.
“Alert: Statutory authorization related to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program will expire at midnight on June 30, 2021, unless Congress reauthorizes it. A lapse in authorization does not affect EB-5 petitions filed by investors who are not seeking a visa under the Regional Center Program.
In the event of a lapse in authorization related to the Regional Center Program, we will reject the following forms received on or after July 1, 2021:
- Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Designation Under the
Immigrant Investor Program, except when the application type indicates
that it is an amendment to the regional center’s name, organizational
structure, ownership, or administration; and
- Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor, when it indicates that the petitioner’s investment is associated with an approved regional center.
In general, we will not act on any pending petition or application of these form types that is dependent on a lapsed statutory authority until further notice. If you were issued written correspondence regarding your petition or application on or before June 30, 2021, you should review the written correspondence and respond by the due date (as applicable). Although we cannot review your response at this time, we will receive and maintain the response for review if circumstances change.
We will continue to accept and review Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, in the normal course, including those filed on or after July 1, 2021.
We will continue to accept Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, based on an approved Form I-526. However, in the event of a lapse in authorization, we will be unable to act on any Form I-485 based on an approved Form I-526 associated with an approved regional center unless a visa through the Regional Center Program is reauthorized.
We will provide further guidance to the public if circumstances change or further guidance becomes necessary…”