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Immigration Forms Processing Times

On 05.07.12 | In USCIS Blog, By USCIS Info

Immigration forms processing times
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is fairly transparent about the amount of time it needs to process requests. However, individuals can still be confused by the way that a form may need different amounts of processing time depending on how it has been completed. For example, processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, can take anywhere from two weeks to five months, based on the type of worker that will be employed.

You can use the chart below to determine how much time USCIS will need in order to complete processing your immigration form. Look up specific petitions or applications by their USCIS designations (I-130, I-129, I-90, etc.) using the column on the left, or by finding the name of the form listed in the center column. After you have located your form, you can find your reason for filing, which will tell you how long USCIS will need to complete your request — although the processing may take additional time if USCIS finds that there that there are problems with your application or its supporting documentation.

Processing Times below are based on average wait time by USCIS Form number. Processing Times do vary depending  on USCIS Service Center location where USCIS form was filed.

USCIS Form USCIS Form Title Purpose for Filing USCIS Form Estimated Processing Time:
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications 4 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 27 Sep 07
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 7 May 10
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 1 Jun 10
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister 25 Apr 07
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Extraordinary ability 21 Mar 11
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Outstanding professor or researcher 21 Mar 11
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Multinational executive or manager 21 Mar 11
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability 4 Months
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Skilled worker or professional 4 Months
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Unskilled worker 16 Mar 11
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver 21 Mar 11
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Schedule A Nurses 21 Mar 11
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement 31 Aug 09
N-400 Application for Naturalization US Citizenship 5 Months
N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship 5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E – Treaty traders and investors 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S. 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S. 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A – Temporary workers 1 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B – Other temporary workers 1 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 – Temporary trainees 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L – Intracompany transfers 1 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O – Extraordinary ability 2 Weeks
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P – Athletes, artists, and entertainers 2 Weeks
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q – Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R – Religious occupation 5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional 2 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiancé and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document Refugee or asylee applying for a refugee travel document 3 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document Permanent resident applying for a re-entry permit 3 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA) dependent applying for advance parole 3 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA) principal applying for advance parole 3 Months

Because forms I-130, I-140, and I-129 can be completed for a number of different purposes, it is very important to be sure that you have filled out your form correctly. Submitting a petition under the wrong category will increase the amount of time that USCIS needs to process your immigration form request.

 

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