To discuss the EB-5 immigrant investor program, the Office of Public Engagement and the Service Center Operations Directorate has invited the public to participate in upcoming stakeholder engagements. The next program will take place through teleconferencing on Monday, January 23, 2012, at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). The main attention of this program will be on state government partners. It also creates an opportunity to address issues raised by state and local governments related to the EB-5 program. Interested EB-5 stakeholders can participate and it is also proposed to have an open forum for additional questions.
There is a session scheduled for January 23. To participate in this session, get in touch with the Office of Public Engagement by emailing to public.engagement@ by January 20, 2012, and mention “EB-5 Teleconference” in the subject line of your email. Remember to mention your full name and the organization you represent in the email. Should you need to submit agenda items and questions you must RSVP via email and attach a Word document or PDF with suggested items. Make sure such submissions are received by the Office of Public Engagement by the end of the business hours on Tuesday, December 27, 2012.
USCIS has also scheduled a list of EB-5 stakeholder engagements in 2012. Some meetings will be in person and through teleconference, while others will be only through teleconferencing. In each session, the USCIS will share information about the EB-5 program and address topics of stakeholder interest. There will be an open forum for questions and answers at each of these engagements. However, USCIS will not address case-specific inquiries.
On 1/23/2012, 1:00PM – 4:00PM (ET), the session will be about EB-5 Discussion with State Governments and this is only through teleconferencing. The deadline to submit agenda items is 12/27/2011. The next session is scheduled to be held on 5/1/2012, 1:00PM – 4:00PM (ET) and the focus will be on General EB-5 Discussion. It will be held in-Person, Teleconference & Live Web Streaming at USCIS California Service Center,24000 Avila Road,Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. The deadline to submit agenda items is 4/1/2012.
The next session will be on 7/26/2012, 1:00PM – 4:00PM (ET) focusing on Regional Center Discussion
and this will be through teleconference only and the deadline is 6/25/2012. The next session focusing on General EB-5 Discussion will be held on 10/18/2012, 1:00PM – 4:00PM (ET) and will be in-Person, Teleconference & Live Web Streaming at Tomich Center,111 Massachusetts Avenue,Washington, DC 20529.
There was another update regarding the change in filing locations for Form I-130 on January 1, 2012. Applicants will have to mail their stand-alone I-130 applications to either the Chicago Lockbox or the Phoenix Lockbox, depending on their residence in the US. This change is aimed at balancing workloads between the two locations and for more efficient and effective processing of Form I-130.
However, when submitting Form I-130 along with Form I-485, there is no change in filing locations. Such petitioners can continue to mailing them to the Chicago Lockbox facility. If you are filing from an overseas addresses where there is no USCIS office, you can continue to file at the Chicago Lockbox facility.
If your country has a USCIS office, you can send your I-130 forms to the Chicago Lockbox, or file Forms I-130 at the international USCIS office having jurisdiction over the place where you live.