Case Processing Times with USCIS

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Every case is different, and our processing times take different case scenarios into consideration. The majority of cases will be complete by the higher end of the dates shown.

Case Processing Times

We are testing a new method to calculate processing times for Forms I-90, I-485, I-751, and N-400. With this method, we can post processing times that are more accurate, timely, and easier to understand.

What do the processing times mean?

Example Time RangeWe now show case processing times as a range. The first number is the time it takes to complete 50% of cases (the median). The second number is the time it takes to complete 93% of cases.

For non-pilot forms, we will continue to use our old method to calculate processing times, but will add an upper limit that is generally 130% of the processing time.

We calculate processing times by using historical data of completed cases. We cannot project how long it will take to complete a case filed today.

Where can I find my form number and the office that is processing my case?

Your receipt notice has key information you will need to determine your processing time.

Key to Reading a Form


If the “USCIS Office” is the National Benefits Center (NBC) and you have filed an employment-based or family-based Form I-485, Form N-400, or Form N-600, you should check processing times for your local field office.

When can I ask about my case?

We have posted a Case Inquiry Date to show when you can inquire about your case. The Case Inquiry Date is the upper end of the range (converted to a date). If your receipt date is before the Case Inquiry Date, you can submit an “outside normal processing time” service request online or by calling 1-800-375-5283.

The source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please go to their website to read more.

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