As of January 4, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (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.
As of February 28, 2017, USCIS is processing the I‐526 petitions that it received before September 9, 2015 (a nearly 3‐week retrogression compared to the processing time published in January); the I‐829 petitions that USCIS received before October 1, 2014 (regressed almost one week); and the I‐924 applications that USCIS received before August 15, 2016 (a 5‐week retrogression compared to January 2017).
Key Data Points
- Average processing time for I-526 petitions is up to 18 months up 1.5 months from the previous month and up 1.3 months in a year of year comparison
- I-829 processing times are up to 29 months nearly a increase of one year from this time last year
- Waiting times for I-924 adjudications is now 18.8 months double the processing time in a year over year comparison.