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.
If you have a US immigration matter that has been pending well beyond standard processing times, you have exhausted all available administrative remedies, and the US government still fails to act on your case, you may be able to find relief with a mandamus action. We discuss mandamus actions to address processing delays for US immigration matters here.
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.