USCIS Processing Times - Most popular forms

USCIS Processing Times - All U.S. Immigration Processes

USCIS General Processing Times Information

After having completed your form, depending on the individual case, the next important question always is - When do the results come out?

All applicants should bear in mind that USCIS handles applications in the order they were received. However, there is no way to foresee precisely how long will each application take.

The following are general USCIS processing times, which can serve you as guidelines to the estimated waiting time:

More USCIS Forms Processing Times

I-140 Form, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
4 months
I-129 Form, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
2 months
I-129F Form, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
5 months

If you wish to obtain information, regarding the processing times of cases adjudicated in the USCIS international office, click on International Offices Processing times.

If you wish to obtain information regarding the processing times of asylum cases, click on Asylum Processing Times.

It is important to understand that the general processing times are an overall estimate, which does not take into account the individual work each office does and the timeframe required to process each form.

This page provides you with the most recent information. All updates are usually done on the 15th day of each month with the aim of reflecting the state of the selected application, regarding the full past month.

The required details to learn more about your application are:

  • The name of the office where your application is being reviewed
  • The name of the application form you have submitted
  • The date on which the application was received by USCIS

All of the above-mentioned information can be found on the receipt notice emailed to you by USCIS, upon the acceptance of your case.

The local offices are mainly responsible for dealing with the immigration applications during the interview stage.

There are two type of applications that more often than not end up in the local offices: Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. As you can see from the table above, there is no public information regarding the processing times of the I-751 Form. These times vary greatly across the U.S.. As it depends on the local office, the processing variation can be up to over a month. To give you an idea of the variation range, here is an example: an interview can be arranged for up to a week, after the form has been received by the Local Office, all the way to up to a few months.

All of the I-485, N-600 and N-400 forms demand in-person interviews at an USCIS field office, which require tracking the processing times of all three applications.

The field offices are actually the local offices, spread around all of the US. The location of where your interview will be conducted depends on where you live. To learn more about where your interview will be conducted, please visit the following page: Field offices locator.

Once you have found your office, refer to the International or Asylum offices information listed above, to find out more about your processing times.

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