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 Third Quarter Completions (April - June 2020)

Form TypeCase TypeCompleted 0-180 DaysQuarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions 35.22%1431
I-129CWCNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker100%3
I-129E2CNMI Treaty Investor100%1
I-129FPetition for Fiancée78.57%14
I-129H1BNonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker46.56%363
I-129HATemporary Agricultural Worker100%1
I-129LNonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee29.27%41
I-129ONonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker25%4
I-129PAthletes, Artists and Entertainers16.67%6
I-129RNonimmigrant Religious Worker36.36%11
I-131Application for Travel Document50%14
I-140AAlien with Extraordinary Ability8.62%116
I-140BOutstanding Professor0%6
I-140CMultinational Manager or Executive26.09%23
I-140DAdvanced Degree Professional38.46%21
I-140EProfessional Worker50%24
I-140FSkilled Worker38.89%18
I-140GOther Worker50%4
I-140INational Interest Waiver30%10
I-212Application to Reapply for Admission14.93%67
I-352Bond Breach54.35%46
I-360CSpecial Immigrant Juvenile17.86%168
I-360DPetition for Religious Worker7.69%13
I-360 VAWAViolence Against Women Act Petition32%25
I-485 SEC 13Cuban Adjustment Act66.67%21
I-485UU Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment43.75%48
I-526Alien Entrepreneur23.81%21
I-600Petition for Orphan100%3
I-601Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility27.98%168
I-612Application of 212(e) Waiver20%5
I-687Application for Temporary Resident Status Under Section 245A50%2
I-698Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A100%1
I-821Temporary Protected Status44.12%34
I-914Application for T Nonimmigrant Status41.18%17
I-918Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status58.82%34
I-924Application for Regional Center Designation100%1
I-924 DenialDenial of Regional Center Designation100%1
I-924 TerminationTermination of Regional Center Designation0%2
I-929Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient50%2
N-565Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document45.45%11
N-600Certificate of Citizenship41.38%58


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