AAO Processing Times

The AAO reports its processing times by form type, displaying the total number of completions for the quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, which is our goal.

The administrative appeals process has two stages: initial field review and AAO appellate review.

Initial field review: The office that issued the unfavorable decision has 45 days to evaluate the appeal and determine whether to take favorable action on the appeal. If that office does not take favorable action, it will forward the appeal to the AAO and send the appellant a Notice of Transfer to the AAO.

AAO appellate review: The AAO strives to complete its appellate review within 180 days from the time it receives a complete case record after the initial field review. Some cases may take longer than 180 days due to factors beyond the AAO’s control. For example, additional documentation may be needed to complete the record, or the case may be more complex and require additional review.

The following chart shows the percentage of cases the AAO completed within 180 days, by case category, during the most recent quarter of the fiscal year. These data include all AAO dispositions for the listed form types. If a case category is not listed, the AAO issued no appeal decisions for that category in the most recent quarter.

** The AAO experienced an unexpected surge of appeal filings in 2019, resulting in a number of processing delays outside of the 180 day completion goal.

Timeliness of Fiscal Year 2020 First Quarter Completions (October - December 2019)

Form TypeCase TypeCompleted 0-180 DaysQuarterly Completions
Cumulative of all completions 49.70%1827
I-129CWCNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker100%3
I-129E2CNMI Treaty Investor100%4
I-129FPetition for Fiancée62.22%45
I-129H1BNonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker28.98%452
I-129H3Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange0%3
I-129LNonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee98.48%66
I-129ONonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 7.69%13
I-129PAthletes, Artists and Entertainers66.67%9
I-129RNonimmigrant Religious Worker18.18%11
I-131Application for Travel Document57.14%21
I-140AAlien with Extraordinary Ability16.87%83
I-140BOutstanding Professor or Researcher0%3
I-140CMultinational Manager or Executive96.97%33
I-140DAdvanced Degree Professional90%30
I-140EProfessional Worker90.48%21
I-140FSkilled Worker100%16
I-140GOther Worker100%7
I-140INational Interest Waiver9.52%21
I-212Application to Reapply for Admission43.75%48
I-352Bond Breach95.76%165
I-360CSpecial Immigrant Juvenile46.28%309
I-360DPetition for Religious Worker57.14%7
I-360 VAWAViolence Against Women Act Petition53.33%30
I-485UU Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment36.11%72
I-526Alien Entrepreneur18.18%22
I-600Petition for Orphan100%1
I-601Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility45.28%159
I-612Application of 212(e) Waiver0%3
I-687Application for Temporary Resident Status Under Section 245A100%1
I-698Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A50%4
I-821Temporary Protected Status33.33%39
I-914Application for T Nonimmigrant Status83.33%6
I-918Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status52.94%51
I-924Application for Regional Center Designation0%2
I-924 TerminationTermination of Regional Center Designation75%4
I-929Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient100%1
N-565Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document60%5
N-600Certificate of Citizenship66.67%51
SEC 342Cancellation of Certificate of Citizenship100%1


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