What is the success rate for EB-5 investors obtaining visas?
The success rate for EB-5 investors obtaining visas fluctuates, as it is influenced by factors such as operational changes within the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO), which administers the EB-5 program, and the completeness and accuracy of the petitions submitted. However, the approval rate for I-526 petitions generally ranges from about 75% to above 80%. It can be assumed that an investor who receives I-526 approval will apply for conditional permanent resident status. The approval rate for I-829 petitions is generally above 90%.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes quarterly and annual EB-5 petition processing statistics on its Immigration and Citizenship Data page. It also offers an overview of USCIS data to facilitate the interpretation of the information presented.
Securing an EB-5 investment visa can be influenced by factors outside the control of the EB-5 investor, but success is more likely if the investor performs comprehensive due diligence and carefully compiles the relevant petition packs. Common reasons for petition denial include investing the incorrect amount, investing in a project that is not eligible for the EB-5 program, purposely misrepresenting information presented in an EB-5 application, inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the information included in a petition or its supporting documents, and children getting married or aging out of the program.
To increase the likelihood of successfully obtaining an EB5 investment visa, applicants should understand what each petition entails. For example, knowing what to expect when compiling an I-526 petition and following Form I-526 best practices will smooth the EB-5 application process.
Because the EB-5 program is more complicated than it appears, especially when it comes to processes such as proving the sources of EB-5 investment funds and calculating job creation numbers, it may be best to approach an EB-5 professional for assistance. EB5 Affiliate Network also offers valuable EB-5 resources that demystify the EB-5 visa process.