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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 Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   35.22% 1431
I-129CW CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 100% 3
I-129E2 CNMI Treaty Investor 100% 1
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 78.57% 14
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 46.56% 363
I-129HA Temporary Agricultural Worker 100% 1
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 29.27% 41
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 25% 4
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 16.67% 6
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 36.36% 11
I-131 Application for Travel Document 50% 14
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 8.62% 116
I-140B Outstanding Professor 0% 6
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 26.09% 23
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 38.46% 21
I-140E Professional Worker 50% 24
I-140F Skilled Worker 38.89% 18
I-140G Other Worker 50% 4
I-140I National Interest Waiver 30% 10
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 14.93% 67
I-352 Bond Breach 54.35% 46
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 17.86% 168
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 7.69% 13
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 32% 25
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 66.67% 21
I-485U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment 43.75% 48
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 23.81% 21
I-600 Petition for Orphan 100% 3
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 27.98% 168
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 20% 5
I-687 Application for Temporary Resident Status Under Section 245A 50% 2
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 100% 1
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 44.12% 34
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 41.18% 17
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 58.82% 34
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation 100% 1
I-924 Denial Denial of Regional Center Designation 100% 1
I-924 Termination Termination of Regional Center Designation 0% 2
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 50% 2
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 45.45% 11
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 41.38% 58


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