IIUSA Data Report: Average Processing Times for I-526 and I-829 Petitions Reach an All-Time High

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IIUSA Data Report: Average Processing Times for I-526 and I-829 Petitions Reach an All-Time High

As of March 31, 2017, USCIS is processing the I‐526 petitions that it received before September 20, 2015 (a two week increase over the processing times published in February); the I‐829 petitions that USCIS received before October 12, 2014 (up from October 1); and the I‐924 applications that USCIS received before September 16, 2015 (an increase of over a month from last month’s processing times).

Please note that on January 4, USCIS petition processing times are posted using a specific date format rather than weeks or months. According to USCIS, this is the “first step to providing processing times that are timelier and easier to understand.” USCIS posts processing times to its website as a guide for when to inquire (service request) about a pending case.

Key Data Points

  • Processing times for I-526 petitions reached 18.6 months, an all-time program high; and I-829 processing times reached 30 months another all-time high.
  • Waiting times for I-924 adjudications are now at 18.7 months, almost double the processing times from this time last year.
  • In a year-over-year comparison, I-829 adjudications are taking one year longer to be adjudicated, I-924 petitions are taking 9 months longer and I-526 petitions are taking 2.5 months longer.

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