Shift in EB-5 Priority Dates for India and Vietnam

Sukanya is an Associate in our Mumbai India office. She works with our Indian clients on EB-5, L1 and E2 visas coupled with Grenada citizenship.

As per the recent update of US Visa Bulletin for the month of April 2020, we see a change in the final action dates for EB-5 preference cases for India and Vietnam. Priority Date means the date when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services – USCIS – receives the petition and form I-526. Each country has a different priority date depending on the petitions filed each year by each country. Please see the priority dates in the upcoming Visa Bulletin for April 2020, for India, Vietnam and China.

1st January 2019 as compared to the date 22nd October 2018 as per the visa bulletin for March 2020.
15th January 2017 as compared to the date 08th February 2017 as per the visa bulletin for March 2020.
There is no solace for the petitioners in China as the priority date remains unchanged at 15th May 2015.

Overall, this might be good news for some petitioners from India and Vietnam, provided the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved their I-526 petitions. It should also be kept in mind that this shift, even if substantial, may be due to low visa demand which is a result of low rate of I-526 processing by USCIS. Also, I-526 processing time might go down due to fewer applications after the change in the minimum investment amount of USD $500,000 to USD $900,000 post 21st November 2019. We may also see a rejuvenated interest for EB-5 in markets like India and Vietnam due to improvement in the priority dates. Although it is an interesting ‘wait and watch’ to conclude what the actual timelines for procuring the Green Card are, this definitely is a positive sign for prospective applicants.

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