The processing times for an I-526 petition whether for a Direct or Regional Center project is unpredictable. It may take several months to 12 months more or less. It may take less time for a direct I-526 petition as the Business Plan can clearly show how 10 direct full time jobs can be created.
Unfortunately, there is little predictability or clarity when it comes to processing times. Furthermore, USCIS estimates to not distinguish direct investments from regional center investments. From our experience the 12-16 month timeline is possible, but we have seen much shorter processing of certain cases. In either case, having experienced EB-5 counsel assist you with your application will avoid additional delays from requests for evidence or notices of intent to deny.