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 TypeCase TypeCompleted 0-180 DaysQuarterly Completions
Cumulative of all completions 85.30%2245
I-129CWCNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker100%3
I-129E2CNMI Treaty Investor100%4
I-129FPetition for Fiancée90%20
I-129H1BNonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker69.24%582
I-129H2ATemporary Agricultural Worker100%1
I-129H2BTemporary Non-Agricultural Worker0%1
I-129H3Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange100%1
I-129LNonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee100%90
I-129ONonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker33.33%1
I-129PAthletes, Artists and Entertainers20%1
I-129QNonimmigrant International Cultural Exchange100%1
I-129RNonimmigrant Religious Worker50%4
I-131Application for Travel Document100%13
I-140AAlien with Extraordinary Ability23.73%14
I-140BOutstanding Professor or Researcher0%2
I-140CMultinational Manager or Executive98.46%64
I-140DAdvanced Degree Professional92.31%24
I-140EProfessional Worker96%24
I-140FSkilled Worker100%29
I-140GOther Worker100%7
I-140INational Interest Waiver100%6
I-192Application for Advance Permission100%1
I-212Application to Reapply for Admission94.12%48
I-352Bond Breach99.02%304
I-360CSpecial Immigrant Juvenile95.13%469
I-360DPetition for Religious Worker88.89%8
I-360 VAWAViolence Against Women Act Petition72.73%16
I-360MSpecial Immigrant Iraq National Employed by the U.S. Government100%2
I-485 REGApplication to Register Permanent Residence100%1
I-485TT Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment50%1
I-485UU Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment79.17%38
I-526Alien Entrepreneur38.46%10
I-600Petition for Orphan100%2
I-601Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility97.06%132
I-612Application of 212(e) Waiver61.11%11
I-821Temporary Protected Status97.56%40
I-914Application for T Nonimmigrant Status86.67%13
I-914AApplication for Family Member of T-1 Recipient100%1
I-918Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status88.46%46
I-924 DenialApplication for Regional Center Designation Application for Regional Center Designation Application for Regional Center Designation Denial of Regional Center Designation0%2
I-924 TerminationTermination of Regional Center Designation50%1
I-929Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient100%3
N-565Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document100%7
N-600Certificate of Citizenship100%49


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