The processing of your US immigration case can vary greatly depending on the case type, visa availability, the agency processing your case, and the service center handling your case. There are also other factors that can impact case processing such as natural disasters, government shutdowns, pandemics, etc. In general, setting expectations based on a specific immigration processing time is not advised as they fluctuate constantly. The best advice is to file as far in advance as possible. We provide the resources to check the most recent processing time of your immigration case here.
The US immigration process can be extremely frustrating, and to add to it, processing times are very unpredictable. It can take weeks to months to file an immigration case and to receive confirmation that your case is processing. Once your application is in processing, it can take months to years to receive a final decision on your case. Even then, it can be very difficult to get a clear answer on where your application stands. Here, we discuss what your options are if your immigration case is taking longer than normal below.
When you file a USCIS Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status to a US Permanent Resident (Green Card) along with USICS Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and USCIS Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization concurrently (At the same time), USCIS will adjudicate the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization first. If approved, USCIS will issue the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) without joint travel authorization. They will then adjudicate Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization separately.
Facing unreasonable delays in your US immigration case? Mandamus actions could be your lifeline. Explore everything you need to know about compelling the US government to take action with our comprehensive guide.
Navigating the path to secure help from your Congressional representative for a delayed immigration case can seem complex. If your case extends beyond typical processing timelines and you have exhausted all administrative solutions, Congressional aid can prove to be beneficial. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to seek Congressional intervention when your immigration case encounters roadblocks.
On March 29, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced additional measures to reduce case backlogs, expand premium processing, and provide relief to those seeking immigration benefits. Read more about their efforts here.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US government agency inside the United States that is responsible for processing US immigration benefits (Green Cards and Visas). The USCIS provides several ways for you to track the progress of your case—but here’s the most effective way to do it.