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AAO Processing Times

The office that issued the unfavorable decision will first conduct an “initial field review” of the appeal. If that office does not take favorable action on the appeal, it will forward the appeal to the AAO and send the appellant a Notice of Transfer to the AAO. The initial field review should be completed within 45 days. The appellate review should be completed within six months or less from the time when we receive the appeal after initial field review. The AAO is unable to provide case status information on appeals awaiting the initial field review. Appellants may contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center line at (800) 375-5283 (the TTY number is (800) 767-1833) to inquire about a case if, within 75 days of filing an appeal, USCIS has not sent any of the following:

  • An approval notice;
  • A request for evidence;
  • A Notice of Transfer to the AAO; or
  • Any other correspondence or action from the field office.

This chart shows the average amount of time it takes to receive a decision in a particular type of case after the case file is received by the AAO. Processing times are directly related to the volume of cases received. The appellate review should be completed within six months or less from the time when we receive the appeal.

AAO Processing Times as of December 1, 2014

Form Number

Case Type

Time

I-129CWCNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker6 months or less

I-129F

Petition for Fiancée

6 months or less

I-129 H1B  

Nonimmigrant  Specialty  Occupation  Worker  

6 months or less

I-129 H2  

Temporary  Nonimmigrant  Worker  

 6 months or less

I-129 H3  

Temporary  Nonimmigrant  Trainee  

6 months or less

I-129 L  

Nonimmigrant  Intracompany  Transferee  

6 months or less

I-129 O  

Nonimmigrant  Extraordinary  Ability  Worker  

6 months or less

I-129 P1,  P2,  P3  

Athletes,  Artists  and  Entertainers  

6 months or less

I-129 Q  

Cultural  Exchange  Worker  

6 months or less

I-129 R  

Nonimmigrant Religious Worker  

6 months or less

I-131  

Application  for  Travel  Document  

6 months or less

I-140 EB1  

(A) Alien  with  Extraordinary  Ability  

6 months or less

I-140 EB1  

(B) Outstanding  Professor  or  Researcher  

6 months or less

I-140 EB1  

(C) Multinational  Manager  or  Executive  

6 months or less

I-140 EB2  

(D) Advanced Degree  Professional  

6 months or less

I-140 EB2  

(I) National Interest Waiver

6 months or less

I-140 EB3  

(E) Skilled  or  Professional  Worker  

6 months or less

I-140 EB3  

(G) Other  Worker  

6 months or less

I-212  

Application to Reapply  for  Admission  

6 months or less

I-352  

Bond  Breach  

6 months or less

I-360 EB4  

Petition  for  Religious  Worker  

6 months or less

I-360 AAmerasian6 months or less

I-360  C  

Special  Immigrant  Juvenile  

6 months or less

I-360 KSpecial Immigrant Afghanistan or Iraq National Translator6 months or less

I-360  VAWA  

Violence  Against  Women  Act  Petition  

6 months or less

I-360 ESpecial Immigrant Canal Zone6 months or less
I-360 FSpecial Immigrant Physician6 months or less
I-360 HSpecial Immigrant Armed Forces Member6 months or less
I-360 GSpecial Immigrant Intl Org. Employee6 months or less
I-360 LSpecial Immigrant Iraq National US Employee6 months or less
I-360 MSpecial Immigrant Other6 months or less

I-485  

Cuban  Adjustment  Act  Application  

6 months or less

I-485  LIFE

LIFE  Act  Adjustment  Application  

6 months or less

I-485  Dplmt

Section  13  Adjustment  Application  

6 months or less

I-485 TT Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment6 months or less
I-485 UU Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment6 months or less

I-526  EB5  

Alien  Entrepreneur  

6 months or less

I-600

Petition  for  Orphan  

6 months or less

I-601  

Application  for  Waiver  of  Inadmissibility  

6 months or less

I-612  

Application  for  212(e)  Waiver  

6 months or less

I-687  

Legalization  Application  for  Temporary  Residence  

6 months or less

I-690  

Legalization/SAW -Waive Grounds of Excludability

6 months or less

I-698  

Legalization  Adjustment  Application  

6 months or less

I-700  

Special  Agricultural  Worker  

6 months or less

I-821  

Temporary  Protected  Status  

6 months or less

I-800Convention Adoption as an Immediate Relative6 months or less

I-905  

Application to Issue  Cert  for  Health  Care Workers  

6 months or less

I-914  

Application  for  T  Nonimmigrant  Status  

6 months or less

I-918  

Petition  for  U  Nonimmigrant  Status  

6 months or less

I-924Application for Regional Center6 months or less
I-929Qualifying Family Member of a U Nonimmigrant6 months or less

N-470  

Application to Preserve  Residence  

6 months or less

N-565  

Replacement  Naturalization/Citizenship Document 

6 months or less

N-600  

Certificate  of  Citizenship  

6 months or less

N-643  

Certificate  of  Citizenship  for  Adopted Child  

6 months or less

 

Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/01/2014