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.

Timeliness of Fiscal Year 2021 Third Quarter Completions (April - June 2021)
Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   43.43% 1,043
I-129CW Petition for CNMI Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 100% 2
I-129E2 CNMI Treaty Investor 100% 3
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 30.77% 39
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 89.29% 56
I-129H2A Nonimmigrant Petitions for Trainees 100% 1
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 100% 36
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 78.95% 19
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 12.50% 8
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 20% 5
I-131 Application for Travel Document 82.82% 11
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 72.73% 66
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 81.48% 27
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 64.71% 17
I-140E Professional Worker 88.89% 9
I-140F Skilled Worker 73.68% 19
I-140G Other Worker 77.78% 9
I-140I National Interest Waiver 9.09% 88
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 13.24% 68
I-352 Bond Breach 85.19% 54
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 21.05% 76
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 0% 8
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 54.17% 76
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 100% 1
I-485U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment 26.32% 76
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 22.22% 18
I-600 Petition for Orphan 100% 1
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 21.49% 121
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 0% 1
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 100% 2
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 75% 4
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 38.46% 13
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 14.46% 83
I-924(Term) Termination of a Regional Center 50% 2
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 0% 6
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes 100% 1
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 100% 4
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 83.72% 43


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