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USCIS Processing Time Information for National Benefits Center

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Posted: January 15, 2010

Field Office Processing Dates for as of: November 30, 2009

Form

Title

Classification or Basis for Filing:

Processing Timeframe:

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Initial issuance or replacement

3.5 Months

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

10-year renewal

3.5 Months

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record

Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94

2.5 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

2.5 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

3 Months

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January 23, 2010 at 4:04 am

USCIS Processing Time Information for VERMONT SERVICE CENTER

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Posted: January 15, 2010

Field Office Processing Dates for VERMONT SERVICE CENTER as of: November 30, 2009

 

Form

Title

Classification or Basis for Filing:

Processing Timeframe:

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Initial issuance or replacement

3.5 Months

I-90A

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Initial issuance or replacement for Special Agricultral Workers (SAW)

3.5 Months

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record

Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94

2.5 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 Month

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-2B – Other temporary workers

1 Month

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-3 – Temporary trainees

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

L – Intracompany transfers

1 Month

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

Blanket L

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

O – Extraordinary ability

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

P – Athletes, artists, and entertainers

2 Months

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

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

TN – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional

2 Months

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiance(e)

K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child

5 Months

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiance(e)

K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child

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

July 23, 2007

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21

July 23, 2007

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister

April 23, 2008

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21

May 28, 2007

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21

March 27, 2007

I-131

Application for Travel Document

All other applicants for advance parole

3 Months

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Extraordinary ability

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Outstanding professor or researcher

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Multinational executive or manager

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Schedule A Nurses

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Advanced degree or exceptional ability

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Advanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Skilled worker or professional

November 01, 2007

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Unskilled worker

November 01, 2007

I-212

Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal

Readmission after deportation or removal

4 Months

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

International broadcasters

5 Months

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Religious workers

5 Months

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

November 12, 2008

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

All other special immigrants

5 Months

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status

Employment-based adjustment applications

July 25, 2006

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Change of status to H or L dependents

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Change Status to the J exchange visitor category

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

All other change of status applications

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Extension of stay for H and L dependents

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors

2.5 Months

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

All other extension applications

2.5 Months

I-612

Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement

Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution

4 Months

I-751

Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence

Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents

6 Months

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)]

3 Months

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]

4 Weeks

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]

3 Months

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)]

October 02, 2008

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)]

October 02, 2008

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-821

Application for Temporary Protected Status

El Salvador initial or late filing

October 02, 2008

I-821

Application for Temporary Protected Status

El Salvador extension

October 02, 2008

I-821

Application for Temporary Protected Status

Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing

October 02, 2008

I-821

Application for Temporary Protected Status

Honduras and Nicaragua extension

October 02, 2008

I-824

Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

To request further action on an approved application or petition

3 Months

N-600

Application for Certification of Citizenship

Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship

5 Months

N-643

Application for Certification of Citizenship on Behalf of an Adopted Child

Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship on behalf of an adopted child

5 Months

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January 23, 2010 at 3:58 am

AAO Processing Times as of December 2, 2009

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January 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

VISA BULLETIN FOR JANUARY 2010

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A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during January. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by December 9th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If the demand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Immediately that it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date which has been announced in this bulletin.

2. Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.

3. Section 203 of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of immigrant visas as follows:

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

A. Spouses and Children: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older): 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to “Other Workers”.

Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.

4. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas: CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES.

5. On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); “C” means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and “U” means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

Family All Charge- ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIP-

PINES

1st 01APR04 01APR04 01APR04 15AUG92 01DEC93
2A 01JAN06 01JAN06 01JAN06 01JAN04 01JAN06
2B 01DEC01 01DEC01 01DEC01 08JUN92 01JUL98
3rd 22MAY01 22MAY01 22MAY01 15SEP92 01DEC91
4th 01OCT99 01OCT99 01OCT99 22NOV95 01MAY87

*NOTE: For January, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01JAN04. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01JAN04 and earlier than 01JAN06. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIP-

PINES

Employ-

ment

-Based

1st C C C C C
2nd C 01MAY05 22JAN05 C C
3rd 01AUG02 01AUG02 22JUN01 01JUL02 01AUG02
Other Workers 01JUN01 01JUN01 01JUN01 01JUN01 01JUN01
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
Targeted Employ-

ment Areas/ Regional Centers

C C C C C
5th Pilot Programs C C C C C

The Department of State has available a recorded message with visa availability information which can be heard at: (area code 202) 663-1541. This recording will be updated in the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.

Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category: Section 203(e) of the NACARA, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal sources of current immigration to the United States. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2010 annual limit being reduced to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For January, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2010 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 23,400 Except:
Egypt: 12,300
Ethiopia: 12,475
Nigeria: 12,900
ASIA 9,475
EUROPE 19,750
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 4
OCEANIA 775
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 925

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-2010 program ends as of September 30, 2010. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2010 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2010principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2010. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2010 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30.

C. ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN FEBRUAY

For February, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2010 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 27,500 Except:
Egypt: 15,600
Ethiopia: 14,700
Nigeria: 14,000
ASIA 10,550
EUROPE 22,400
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 4
OCEANIA 870
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 950

D. EXPLANATION OF THE NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND CUT-DATE PROJECTIONS

WHAT CAUSES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CUT-OFF DATES?

The Visa Office (VO)subdivides the annual preference and foreign state limitations specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) into twelve monthly allotments. The totals of documentarily qualified applicants that have been reported to VO are compared each month with the numbers available for the next regular allotment and numbers are allocated to reported applicants in order of their priority dates, the oldest dates first.

– If there are sufficient numbers in a particular category to satisfy all reported documentarily qualified demand, the category is considered “Current.” For example, if the Employment Third preference monthly target is 3,000 and there are only 1,000 applicants, the category is considered “Current.”

– Whenever the total of documentarily qualified applicants in a category exceeds the supply of numbers available for allotment for the particular month, the category is considered to be “oversubscribed” and a visa availability cut-off date is established. The cut-off date is the priority date of the first documentarily qualified applicant who could not be accommodated for a visa number. For example, if the Employment Third preference monthly target is 3,000 and there are 8,000 applicants, a cut-off date would be established so that only 3,000 numbers would be used, and the cut-off date would be the priority date of the 3,001st applicant.

Applicants entitled to immigrant status become qualified at their own initiative and convenience and upon the completion of various processing requirements. Therefore, it is extremely important to remember that by no means has every applicant with a priority date earlier than a prevailing cut-off date been processed for final visa action. On the contrary, visa allotments are made only on the basis of the total applicants reported qualified each month, and consideration of other variables. Demand for visa numbers can fluctuate from one month to another, with an inevitable impact on cut-off dates.

HOW IS THE PER-COUNTRY LIMIT CALCULATED?

Section 201 of the INA sets an annual minimum Family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000, while the worldwide annual level for Employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 sets the per-country limit for preference immigrants at 7% of the total annual Family-sponsored and Employment-based preference limits, i.e. a minimum of 25,620.

– The annual per-country limitation of 7% is a cap, meaning visa issuances to any single country may not exceed this figure. This limitation is not a quota to which any particular country is entitled, however. The per-country limitation serves to avoid monopolization of virtually all the visa numbers by applicants from only a few countries.

– INA Section 202(a)(5), added by the American Competitiveness Act in the 21st Century (AC21), removed the per-country limit in any calendar quarter in which overall applicant demand for Employment-based visa numbers is less than the total of such numbers available. In recent years, the application of Section 202(a)(5)has occasionally allowed countries such as China-mainland born and India to utilize large amounts of Employment First and Second preference numbers which would have otherwise gone unused.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTIONS FOR CUT-OFF DATE MOVEMENT IN THE FAMILY PREFERENCES?

Cut-off date movement in most categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be expected, and this is anticipated to continue for at least the next few months. This is because fewer applicants are proceeding with final action on their cases at consular posts abroad, and the volume of CIS adjustment cases remains low. Once large numbers of applicants begin to have their cases brought to final action, cut-off date movements will necessarily slow or stop. Moreover, in some categories cut-off date retrogression is a possibility. Therefore, readers should be aware that the recent rate of cut-off date advances will not continue indefinitely, but it is not possible to say at present how soon they will end.

WHY DID MOST EMPLOYMENT CUT-OFFS REMAIN UNCHANGED IN RECENT MONTHS?

Many of the categories were “unavailable” at the end of FY-2009, which resulted in excessive demand being received during October and November. Coupled with the fact that CIS Offices have been doing an excellent job of processing cases, this has had an impact on cut-off date movements. Some forward movement has begun for January as we enter the second quarter of the fiscal year.

WILL THERE BE ANY ADDITIONAL CUT-OFF DATES FOR FOREIGN STATES IN THE EMPLOYMENT FIRST OR SECOND PREFERENCE CATEGORIES?

At this time it is unlikely that there will be any cut-off dates in the Employment First preferences. It also appears unlikely that it will be necessary to establish a cut-off date other than those already in effect for the Second preference category. Cut-off dates apply to the China and India Second preference categories due to heavy demand, and each has the potential to become “unavailable” should demand cause the annual limit for that category to be reached.

INA Section 202(a)(5) provides that if total demand will be insufficient to use all available numbers in a particular employment preference category in a calendar quarter, then the unused numbers may be made available without regard to the annual per-country limits. For example, if it is determined that based on the level of demand being received at that time there would be otherwise unused numbers in the Employment Second preference category, then numbers could be provided to oversubscribed countries without regard to per-country limitations. Should that occur, the same cut-off date would be applied to each country, since numbers must be provided strictly in priority date order regardless of chargeability. In this instance, greater number use by one country would indicate a higher rate of demand by applicants from that country with earlier priority dates.

Should Section 202(a)(5) be applied, the rate of number use in the Employment preference category would continue to be monitored to determine whether subsequent adjustments are needed in visa availability for oversubscribed countries. This action provides the best possible assurance that all available Employment preference numbers will be used, while still ensuring that numbers remain available for applicants from all other countries that have not yet reached their per-country limit.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTIONS FOR CUT-OFF DATE MOVEMENT IN THE EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCES FOR THE REMAINDER OF FY-2010?

Based on current indications of demand, the best case scenarios for cut-off dates which will be reached by the end of FY-2010 are as follows:

Employment Second:
China: July through October 2005
India: February through early March 2005

If Section 202(a)(5)were to apply:
China and India: October through December 2005

Employment Third:

Worldwide: April through August 2005
China: June through September 2003
India: January through February 2002
Mexico: January through June 2004
Philippines: April through August 2005

Please be advised that the above date ranges are only estimates which are subject to fluctuations in demand during the coming months. The actual future cut-off dates cannot be guaranteed, and it is possible that some annual limits could be reached prior to the end of the fiscal year.

AAO Processing Times as of November 1, 2009

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Case Type Time
I – 129F Petition for Fiancée 2 Months*
I – 129 H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 13 Months
I – 129 H2 Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker 6 Months*
I – 129 H3 Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker 6 Months*
I – 129 L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 8 Months
I – 129 O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 2 Months*
I – 129 P1, P2, P3 Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 6 Months*
I – 129 Q Cultural Exchange Visitor 6 Months*
I – 129 R N/I Religious Worker 5 Months*
I – 131 Application for Travel Document 3 Months*
I – 140 EB1 (A) ‐ Alien with Extraordinary Ability 5 Months
I – 140 EB1 (B) ‐ Outstanding Professor or Researcher 5 Months*
I – 140 EB1 (C) ‐ Multinational Manager or Executive 10 Months
I – 140 EB2 (D) – Advanced Degree Professional 27 Months
I – 140 EB2 (I) – National Interest Waiver 6 Months*
I – 140 EB3 (E) – Skilled or Professional Worker 23 Months
I – 140 EB3 (G) – Other Worker 22 Months
I – 212 Application to Reapply for Admission 2 Months*
I – 360 EB4 Petition for Religious Worker 5 Months*
I – 360 C Special Immigrant Juvenile 2 Months*
I – 360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 4 Months*
I – 485 Cuban Adjustment Act Application 5 Months*
I – 485 LIFE Act Adjustment Application 6 Months*
I – 485 Section 13 Adjustment Application 4 Months*
I – 526 EB5 Alien Entrepreneur 5 Months*
I – 600 Petition for Orphan 2 Months*
I – 601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 26 Months
I – 612 Application for 212(e) Waiver 2 Months*
I – 687 Legalization Application for Temporary Residence 18 Months
I – 690 Legalization/SAW – Waive Grounds of Excludability 2 Months*
I – 698 Legalization Adjustment Application 2 Months*
I – 700 Special Agricultural Worker 2 Months*
I – 821 Temporary Protected Status 4 Months*
I – 905 Application to Issue Cert for Health Care Workers 2 Months*
I – 914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 2 Months*
I – 918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 2 Months*
N – 470 Application to Preserve Residence 4 Months*
N – 565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Doc 4 Months*
N – 600 Certificate of Citizenship 4 Months*
N – 643 Certificate of Citizenship for Adopted Child 2 Months*


* Within current USCIS processing time goal of six months or less

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November 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report Released in July

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Below are the processing time report released by USCIS in July 2009  for the Vermont Service Center (VSC). The chart shows the Form Number, Form Name, and Processing Time for all forms processed at the VSC.

Field Office Processing Dates for VERMONT SERVICE CENTER as of: May 31, 2009
Form Title Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Timeframe:
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement 3.5 Months
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94 2.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad April 01, 2009
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S. April 01, 2009
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S. April 01, 2009
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A – Temporary workers 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B – Other temporary workers 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 – Temporary trainees 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L – Intracompany transfers 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O – Extraordinary ability 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P – Athletes, artists, and entertainers 2 Months
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 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional April 01, 2009
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child December 30, 2008
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child December 30, 2008
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 July 02, 2006
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 June 04, 2006
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister March 19, 2001
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 January 18, 2006
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 June 04, 2006
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole 3 Months
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal Readmission after deportation or removal 4 Months
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) April 29, 2008
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants 5 Months
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications July 24, 2006
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to H or L dependents 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H and L dependents 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications 2.5 Months
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution 4 Months
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 6 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)] 3 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)] 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 Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)] October 01, 2008
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)] October 01, 2008
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-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador initial or late filing October 02, 2008
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador extension October 02, 2008
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing October 02, 2008
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua extension October 02, 2008
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition 3 Months
N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship 5 Months

Written by MithrasLaw

July 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Newly Released AAO Processing Times as of July 1, 2009

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These figures indicate the time that it takes from the date the case is received at The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The below list indicates AAO processing times as of July 1, 2009.

AAO Processing Times as of July 1, 2009

Case Type Time
I-129F Petition for Fiancee 1 Month*
I-129 H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 16 Months*
I-129 H2 Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker 6 Months*
I-129 H3 Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker 7 Months*
I-129l Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 7 Months*
I-1290 Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 5 Months*
I-129 P1, P2, P3 Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 7 Months*
I-129 Q Cultural Exchange Visitor 7 Months*
I-129 R N/I Religious Worker 3 Months*
I-131 Application for Travel Document 1 Month*
I-140 EB1 (A) – Alien with Extraordinary Ability 10 Months*
I-140 EB1 (B)- Outstanding Professor or Researcher 1 Month*
I-140EB1 (C) – Multinational Manager or Executive 10 Months*
I-140 EB2 (D) – Advanced Degree Professional 26 Months*
I-140EB2 (I) – National Interest Waiver 5 Months*
I-140E83 (E)- Skilled or Professional Worker 22 Months*
I-140 EB3 (G) – Other Worker 18 Months*
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 2 Months*
I-360 EM Petition for Religious Worker 5 Months*
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 1 Month*
I-360VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 1 Month*
I-485 Cuban Adjustment Act Application 1 Month*
I-485 liFE Act Adjustment Application 3 Months*
I-48S Section 13 Adjustment Application 1 Month*
I-526 EB5 Alien Entrepreneur 2 Months*
I-600 Petition for Orphan 1 Month*
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 25 Months*
I-612 Application for 212(e) Waiver 1 Months*
I-687 legalization Application for Temporary Residence 21 Months*
I-690 legalization/SAW – Waive Grounds of Excludability 1 Month*
I-698 legalization ~ustment Application 1 Month*
I-700 Special Agricultural Worker 1 Month*
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 5 Months*
I-905 Application to Issue Cert for Health Care Workers 1 Month*
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 1 Month*
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 1 Month*
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence 1 Months*
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Doc 3 Months*
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 3 Months*
N-643 Certificate of Citizenship for Adopted Child 1 Month*

* Within current USCIS processing time goal of six months or less

Written by MithrasLaw

July 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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