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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS Processing Times
Progressing Toward FY 2009 Goals

In our 2007 fee rule we committed to improving service. In the months that followed we received a large surge of applications. Notwithstanding that surge, in Fiscal Year 2008 we began measuring our performance and backlog against the goals we set in the fee rule. Although we knew we could not reach them in FY 08 because of the large surge, we believed it was important to remain true to the commitments we made and we did process 1.6 million more cases that we received during the year.

In the fee rule we also set a goal for the end of FY 2009 – to reduce average processing time by an average of 20% from our goals before the fee rule. We remain committed to that goal. The table below lists our goals before the fee rule and our goals the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2009). Between them it shows our current national average active case processing time.

There are many reasons why processing times at an office or center can vary from the national average. See current case processing times at individual offices and centers in the Related Links section (in the upper right-hand corner) of this page

National Production Status

Processing Times

in months

Color Key

Goals before the fee rule

Current Processing Time

National Avg as of
Oct 1, 2009

Goals in fee rule for EOY FY09

set before the surge

Goal unchanged

New goal for September 30, 2009

Where we are already meeting the new goal

 

Sponsoring Relatives & Orphans

I-130

Immediate Relative

6

7.2

5

 

Preference Relative *

6

7.2

5

I-129F

Fiancee Petition

6

6.0

5

I-600/600A

Orphan petitions

3

3.7

2.5

I-730

Ref/Asy Relative Pet

6

9.1

5

Resident Services

Immigrant Visas

 

2

0.6

0.5

I-90

Renew/Replace Perm. Res. Card

4

5.8

3.5

I-131

Reentry Permit/Refugee travel doc

3

3.9

2.5

I-751

Remove Conditions on Residence

6

8.0

6

I-829

Remove conditions - investor

6

14.7

6

N-300

Declaration of Intent

6

9.8

6

N-470

Preserve Residence

6

8.1

6

N-400

military naturalization

7

8.8

5

 

other naturalization

7

8.8

5

N-644

posthumous naturalization

6

3.6

3

N-648

Disability Exception

6

5

5

N-336

Hearing Request

6

7.1

6

Employer & Investor Services

I-129

Temporary Worker

2

2

2

I-140

Imm. Petition for  Worker

6

11.8

4

I-360

Immigrant Petition

6

8.1

5

I-526

Investor petition

6

6.8

5

I-905

Permission to issue health care cert

6

 

4

Nonimmigrant Services

I-102

Replace I94

3

4.2

2.5

I-539

other Extend/ Change Status

3

3.9

2.5

Adjustment

I-485

Asylum Adjustment

6

10.5

4

 

Refugee adjustment

6

10.1

4

 

Cuban Adjustment Act **

6

*Where the case priority date is within one year of immigration eligibility based on the petition

**USCIS currently tracks one overall processing time for these adjustment of status applications, but over the course of FY09 will begin to track them individually





Last updated: 11/14/2008



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