Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Filing Location Changes


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced (PDF) that petitions and applications related to the entrepreneur (EB-5) immigrant classifications and Regional Center proposals under the EB-5 immigrant investor pilot program must be filed at the California Service Center (CSC).

Previously, EB-5 petitions and applications were filed at either the Texas Service Center (TSC) or the CSC, depending on where the entrepreneur’s commercial enterprise was located. Regional Center proposals were submitted to the Chief of Service Center Operations at USCIS headquarters. USCIS said this change in filing locations is necessary to improve efficiency in processing EB-5-related filings. USCIS has established a unit at the California Service Center with adjudicators dedicated to EB-5 adjudications.

This change was effective January 26, 2009. For a 30-day period that began on January 9 and ends on February 9, 2009, EB-5 related petitions and applications mailed to USCIS headquarters or the Texas Service Center will be forwarded to the California Service Center. After February 9, EB-5 petitions and applications received at an incorrect filing location will be rejected and returned with instructions to re-file at the correct address.

For direct mail, send to:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center, Attn: EB-5 Processing Unit
    P.O. Box 10526
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0526

For non-U.S. Postal Service deliveries (e.g., private couriers), send to:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center, Attn: EB-5 Processing Unit
    24000 Avila Road, 2nd Floor?Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Federal Register Notice on January 9, 2009 (PDF).

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