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 2022 First Quarter Completions (October - December 2021)
Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   28.92% 830
I-129CW Petition for CNMI Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 100% 5
I-129E2 CNMI Treaty Investor 100% 2
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 80% 10
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 93.75% 16
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 100% 19
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 100% 1
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 100% 1
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 77.78% 9
I-131 Application for Travel Document 33.33% 3
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 92.86% 14
I-140B Outstanding Professor or Researcher 20% 5
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 100% 3
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 50% 6
I-140E Professional Worker 60% 5
I-140F Skilled Worker 66.67% 3
I-140G Other Worker 50% 4
I-140I National Interest Waiver 89.74% 39
I-192 Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant 0% 1
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 25% 8
I-352 Bond Breach 92.86% 42
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 0% 59
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 100% 2
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 2.22% 45
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 0% 4
I-485T Human Trafficking Victim or Crime Victim 20% 5
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 0% 2
I-600 Petition for Orphan 20% 5
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 25.52% 192
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 0% 2
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 0% 0
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 25% 8
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 2.67% 75
I-914A Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 33.33% 3
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 9.63% 135
I-924(Term) Termination of a Regional Center 0% 0
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 25% 4
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes 0% 0
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 0% 3
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 7.14% 14
SEC 342 Cancellation of Citizenship Certificate 0% 0


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