On Tuesday, July 12, USCIS released two new forms to reflect the requirements of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA): Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor and Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. The filing fee is $3,675 for each form. A separate biometric services fee of $85 is also required for each petitioner submitting an initial I-526E petition. For investors who file Form I-526E on or after Oct. 1, 2022, an additional $1,000 is required by the RIA.
Instead of receiving 1 filing receipt notice from USCIS like before, properly filed I-526 and I-526E petitions will receive 2 separate receipt notices. First notice will be from USCIS Lockbox, acknowledging receipt of your I-526 or I-526E and the total fee amount received and processed. The second notice will be a formal receipt notice with the receipt number.
According to the USCIS release announcement, investors cannot file Form I-526E until the regional center has received a receipt notice to confirm filing of Form I-956F for the particular investment offering that the investor is investing in.