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.
Stakeholders are encouraged to refer to their I-797C , Notice of Action, and look for “receipt date” to determine when their case was accepted. If the receipt date on the USCIS Processing Times web page is after the date listed on the notice, stakeholders should expect to hear from USCIS within 30 days. If after those 30 days the stakeholder has not heard from USCIS, they may make an inquiry on the case.
As of October 31, 2016 USCIS is processing I-526 petitions that were received before July, 12, 2015; I-829 petitions received before October 10, 2014; and I-924 applications received before September 6, 2015. The average processing times for I-829 and I-924 petitions reached their respective 12 month peaks, while processing times for I-526 petitions increased by more than a month from September 2016.