USCIS is implementing the first phase in a series of proposed enhancements to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Beginning on September 13, 2011, Form I-924 (Application for Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program) applicants are able to communicate directly with USCIS adjudicators via e-mail.

USCIS intends to monitor the progress of this new line of communication to assess whether changes are needed and to implement any needed changes on a “real-time basis.” Feedback in response to the use of the direct line of communication for the I-924 may be e-mailed to opefeedback@uscis.dhs.gov.

USCIS said it “is eager to implement all of the proposed enhancements to the EB-5 program that it first announced on May 19, 2011.” USCIS is exploring how it can accelerate the implementation of premium processing, “which customarily takes months due to the need to revise the applicable forms.” USCIS said it is hiring economists and other experts who will enhance and accelerate the adjudication process and also help constitute the Decision Board that was first described on May 19.

USCIS said it will provide more information at its national stakeholder engagement on September 15. A related Q&A is available here. Information on the proposed enhancements to EB-5 processing is available here.