|USCIS Processing Time Information for National Benefits Center. Posted: October 19, 2008|
The processing dates shown below represent the receipt dates of petitions and applications currently being processed by the USCIS National Benefits Center. If the receipt date shown on your receipt notice is prior to the processing date shown below, you may call USCIS Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283.
USCIS received a significant increase in the number of applications and petitions filed last year. In July and August of 2007, nearly 2.5 million applications and petitions of all types were received. This compares to 1.2 million applications and petitions received in the same time period last year. In fiscal year 2007, USCIS received 1.4 million applications for naturalization; nearly double the volume received the year before. USCIS is working to improve processes and focus increased resources, including hiring approximately 1,500 new employees, to address this workload.
Last year's application surge did not impact USCIS offices evenly across the country. Although most offices have already processed cases received during the 2007 filing surge, a handful of offices will have a small percentage of their 2007 cases pending at the end of Fiscal Year 2008. That will result in processing times longer than the 10-12 month national average.
|Form||Title||Classification or Basis for Filing||Processing Timeframe|
|I-102||Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record||Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94||3 Months|
|I-131||Application for Travel Document||All other applicants for advance parole||3 Months|
|I-539||Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||All other extension applications||3 Months|
|I-765||Application for Employment Authorization||Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]||3 Months|
|I-765||Application for Employment Authorization||All other applications for employment authorization||3 Months|
|I-817||Application for Family Unity Benefits||Voluntary departure under the family unity program||6 Months|
|I-824||Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition||To request further action on an approved application or petition||6 Months|