Effective Immediately: USCIS Discontinues Electronic Processing of EB-5 Petitions


Despite USCIS continuously encouraging petitioners to use ELIS, most Regional Centers and immigration attorneys refused to comply. However, this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suddenly announced the suspension of ELIS for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. Effective June 15, 2015, USCIS will no longer accept electronically filed forms for the EB-5 category. Additionally, USCIS ELIS will no longer support the Regional Center Document Library.

June 16, 2015

If you recently filed a Form I-526 in USCIS ELIS:

You can still access your case electronically too:

  • Review and attest existing deal packages created by the Document Library Manager;
  • Respond to a request for evidence;
  • Check case status; and
  • Update your profile.

If you started a Form I-526 petition in USCIS ELIS, but have not yet completed it:

You will have 30 days (from the date you began) to complete and submit your petition using USCIS ELIS. If you are unable to submit your petition within 30 days, you must file on paper.

EB-5 Regional Centers also must use the paper channel to submit documents in support of a Form I-526 or Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.