On May 13, 2022, USCIS published the Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation on its website along with form instructions. USCIS notes that the Form I-956 should be used to request for USCIS designation as a regional center or to request an amendment to an approved regional center. After Form I-956 is approved, regional centers will need to file a project application and receive a receipt number for that application before new investors can file their I-526 petitions.
USCIS also published the Form I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program, which is to be completed and submitted to supplement Form I-956 for each person involved with the regional center.
There is no information provided on processing times for the above two forms. We hope that USCIS will formally present this information soon. MRC will be filing the abovementioned forms in the coming days, so that our investors will be able to file their I-526 petitions as soon as possible.