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 Second Quarter Completions (January - March 2021)
Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   39% 1,268
I-129E2 CNMI Treaty Investor 50% 2
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 58% 12
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 47% 93
I-129H3 Nonimmigrant Petitions for Trainees 100% 1
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 63% 71
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 8% 13
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 20% 5
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 43% 7
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 43% 72
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 63% 46
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 50% 12
I-140E Professional Worker 67% 6
I-140F Skilled Worker 44% 18
I-140G Other Worker 89% 19
I-140I National Interest Waiver 27% 15
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 22% 87
I-352 Bond Breach 72% 111
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 11% 178
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 0% 3
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 59% 27
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 57% 7
I-485U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment 16% 160
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 27% 22
I-600 Petition for Orphan 100% 1
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 39% 153
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 0% 2
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 100% 1
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 67% 6
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 73% 15
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 46% 46
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 50% 2
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 57% 7
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 44% 48


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