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What do the terms “processing” and “adjudication” mean in reference to the I-526 Petition?

The term “processing” refers to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviewing the I-526 Petition and all supporting documentation to determine if the EB-5 investor made a qualifying investment in an EB-5 compliantproject that will create at least 10 jobs per EB-5 investor. The USCIS officer, or adjudicator, will render a decision based upon the submitted documentation.This decision is referred to as “adjudication.” Adjudication results in acceptance, denial, or a request for evidence (RFE). Due to a backlog of pending I-526 Petitions, the delay between filing and adjudication is now typically 12 months or more.