The EB-5 visa program is anything but fast. Given its growing popularity, backlogs for popular EB-5 countries like China, India, and Vietnam have steadily grown over the years, with countries like South Korea and Taiwan starting to catch up.
The waiting process begins even before I-526 approval, as it has typically taken around two years for USCIS to process an I-526 petition. These times have been growing recently, climbing to a range of 32 to 49 months (2.7 to 4 years) in February 2020. This growth trend has continued into March 2020, with USCIS updating the processing times to a range of 33 to 50 months (2.8 to 4.2 years).
In conjunction with the updated wait times, USCIS also provides the priority date for case inquiries. EB-5 investors with a priority date on or before the specified date are eligible to launch a case inquiry into their abnormally long I-526 processing times. As of March 3, 2020, it is January 13, 2016, but it is constantly subject to change.