On October 19, 2022, the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (“IPO”) held a stakeholder engagement which was open to the public by web conference. The engagement was scheduled for 60 minutes but was extended an additional 30 minutes to allow time for questions and answers.
The first hour of the engagement was comprised of prepared comments from the leadership of the IPO, along with various updates related to implementation of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (“RIA”), IPO staffing and resources, IPO operations, and IPO communications.
What was clear from the tone of the stakeholders throughout the 30-minute question-and-answer section that followed, was that the IPO’s stakeholder engagements are far from engaging. Especially now, in the implementation stage of the RIA, stakeholders urged that it is important to have meaningful engagement related to the complex metrics for approvable EB-5 cases, specifically from practitioners in all aspects of the EB-5 industry.
USCIS plans to publish the content of the engagement on its website soon. In the meantime, IIUSA provides a more detailed analysis of the engagement at the link below.