Due to the growing popularity of the EB-5 program, USCIS adjudication processing times have lengthened. You should check the USCIS website for processing times. Unfortunately, if the processing time is exceeded by what was estimated at the outset you will have to wait till processing is complete. If delays fall into an unreasonable timeframe you may wish to consider a writ of manadamus to compel USCIS to act.
The delays in the processing of an I-526 petition is really a bureaucratic time delay. That is, the adjudicators are spending a long time getting to the I-526 petitions to adjudicate, review, and comment.Further delays may be anticipated if the adjudicator sends a request for further evidence to the investor to respond.
The processing times Web page should be updated regularly, but that “March, 16, 2012” date remains the date posted for I-526 processing. Unfortunately, processing times vary and may indeed last 12 months or more.