Please note the following timeline to assist you understand the EB-5 process for permanent residency. The preparation of the I-526 petition may take a couple of months. The I-526 investors petition is filed and the USCIS may take 12 months ( more or less) to approve the I-526 petition. Upon the approval of the I-526 petition, the investor will then apply for the conditional permanent residency visa through the U.S. Consulate. This U.S. Consulate process will usually take a few months and the investor will obtain a conditional permanent residency visa for a two year period. Before the end of the two year conditional permanent residency period the investor will file the I-829 petition with the USCIS to obtain an approval to remove the conditions. This process of adjudication may take 12 months. At the end of the process the investor will obtain unconditional permanent residency. The above process may have taken 4 years. It is advisable that the project waits for all the investors to have approval on the I-829 petitions before there is any exit from the project of any of the investors. The USCIS would like to see the investors funds are being used before any exit of funds from the JCE. The above is the reason why most exits for the investors from the project are around 5 to 6 years.
I think you're confusing the conditional permanent residency period with the typical period that projects will keep an investment within their system before their “exit strategies” kick in. The EB-5 area is full of terms and concepts like this, which is why working with experienced EB-5 counsel, like our law firm, is essential.