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 2019 Fourth Quarter Completions (July - September 2019)
|Form Type||Case Type||Completed 0-180 Days||Quarterly Completions|
|Cumulative of all completions||85.30%||2245|
|I-129CW||CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker||100%||3|
|I-129E2||CNMI Treaty Investor||100%||4|
|I-129F||Petition for Fiancée||90%||20|
|I-129H1B||Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker||69.24%||582|
|I-129H2A||Temporary Agricultural Worker||100%||1|
|I-129H2B||Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker||0%||1|
|I-129H3||Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange||100%||1|
|I-129L||Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee||100%||90|
|I-129O||Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker||33.33%||1|
|I-129P||Athletes, Artists and Entertainers||20%||1|
|I-129Q||Nonimmigrant International Cultural Exchange||100%||1|
|I-129R||Nonimmigrant Religious Worker||50%||4|
|I-131||Application for Travel Document||100%||13|
|I-140A||Alien with Extraordinary Ability||23.73%||14|
|I-140B||Outstanding Professor or Researcher||0%||2|
|I-140C||Multinational Manager or Executive||98.46%||64|
|I-140D||Advanced Degree Professional||92.31%||24|
|I-140I||National Interest Waiver||100%||6|
|I-192||Application for Advance Permission||100%||1|
|I-212||Application to Reapply for Admission||94.12%||48|
|I-360C||Special Immigrant Juvenile||95.13%||469|
|I-360D||Petition for Religious Worker||88.89%||8|
|I-360 VAWA||Violence Against Women Act Petition||72.73%||16|
|I-360M||Special Immigrant Iraq National Employed by the U.S. Government||100%||2|
|I-485 REG||Application to Register Permanent Residence||100%||1|
|I-485T||T Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment||50%||1|
|I-485U||U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment||79.17%||38|
|I-600||Petition for Orphan||100%||2|
|I-601||Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility||97.06%||132|
|I-612||Application of 212(e) Waiver||61.11%||11|
|I-821||Temporary Protected Status||97.56%||40|
|I-914||Application for T Nonimmigrant Status||86.67%||13|
|I-914A||Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient||100%||1|
|I-918||Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status||88.46%||46|
|I-924 Denial||Denial of Regional Center Designation||0%||2|
|I-924 Termination||Termination of Regional Center Designation||50%||1|
|I-929||Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient||100%||3|
|N-565||Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document||100%||7|
|N-600||Certificate of Citizenship||100%||49|