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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.


Timeliness of Fiscal Year 2021 First Quarter Completions (October - December 2020)

Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   45.31% 1278
I-129CW CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 0% 1
I-129E2 CNMI Treaty Investor 100% 1
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 71.43% 14
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 26.74% 187
I-129HA Temporary Agricultural Worker 100% 1
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 60.76% 79
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 37.50% 8
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 50% 2
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 0% 1
I-131 Application for Travel Document 100% 12
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 42.68% 82
I-140B Outstanding Professor 100% 1
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 50% 38
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 53.33% 15
I-140E Professional Worker 68.75% 16
I-140F Skilled Worker 78.85% 19
I-140G Other Worker 75% 8
I-140I National Interest Waiver 26.67% 15
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 72.2% 72
I-352 Bond Breach 36.46% 96
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 14.61% 89
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 33.33% 3
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 63.89% 36
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 100% 1
I-485U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment 20.79% 101
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 21.05% 19
I-600 Petition for Orphan 0% 3
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 55.61% 196
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 40% 5
I-687 Application for Temporary Resident Status Under Section 245A 0% 1
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 0% 0
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 83.33% 24
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 33.33% 15
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 42.86% 56
I-924 Termination Termination of Regional Center Designation 0% 1
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 50% 4
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 66.67% 3
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 91.67 36


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