Processing Times USCIS- Check the Service Centers
How to check the Processing Times of the USCIS Service Centers
Why Care About Processing Times USCIS
Why do people care about processing times USCIS? The USCIS phase is the longest phase of a K-1 Fiance Visa or CR1 Spouse Visa application. Also, USCIS processes I-485- Adjustment of Status, I-751- Removal of Conditions petitions, I-131- Application for Travel Document (advanced Parole), and I-765- Application for Employment Authorization.
As we said before in previous posts, there is really nothing that you can do to speed up the USCIS process.
Under the circumstances, the wait time is totally dependent on your service center and their current workload.
Ultimately, the processing time of your application depends on how many cases are ahead of you and how long it will take USCIS to get to your case.
Processing Times USCIS are very stressful for new or about to be new couples and families.
Therefore, information on the service center current processing times relieves some anxiety.
How USCIS Processes Cases
Generally, USCIS processes cases in the order that they receive them.
However, they don’t specifically go in exact order.
For example, they work in date range order. Batches in these date ranges get processed. Some may look like they are skipped over, but will soon be reviewed in the date range that they are working on.
How to See Processing Times USCIS for Your Service Center
Website and Information Needed
After you sent your petition, USCIS then sent you a Notice of Action upon receipt. In that Notice of Action, USCIS provides information on the Service center that is reviewing your petition.
To see the the “Official” Processing times USCIS for your particular services center go to https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do.
To check processing times USCIS for your case, have handy the following items:
- Which office or service center that is handling your case
- The type of form you filed, and
- The date USCIS received your case
Again, find this information on the receipt notice that USCIS sent you.
Select Office or Service Center
Next, go all the way to the bottom of the page.
Using the drop down menus, select the office or service center processing your petition.
The service centers include:
- CSC- California Service Center
- NCS- Nebraska Service Center
- TSC- Texas Service Center
- VSC- Vermont Service Center
- YSC- Potomac Service Center
The National Benefits Center (also known as MSC) has its own selection button.
“International Offices” are typically for when processing petitions by Direct Consular Filing (DCF). This is typically a method for US citizens that live overseas for 6 months or more.
In addition, there is a selection button to see, “When to Expect Your Green Card”.
Finally, click on the button to see at table for the Processing times USCIS for the office or service center.
Determine Case Processing Date
The resulting page shows a table with columns for Form, Title, Classification and Processing Cases As of Date.
Go down the table until you find the form, Title and Classification corresponding to your petition type. Then go to the right and read the “Processing Cases As of Date”.
The “Processing Cases As of Date” is the date range that USCIS is currently processing. Compare this to the date of acceptance of your petition by USCIS. This is normally the date of your NOA1.
This page shows estimates of how long each office is taking to process different types of cases.
In other words, this tells you how close USCIS is getting to your NOA1 date. Keep in mind, this information can be up to a month or more old.
USCIS normally updates this page every month (around the 15th of each month). There generally is a 45-day lag between the processing time information and when it is posted to the USCIS website. As a result, customers do not have the benefit of real-time adjudications data. Additionally, processing times do not take into account when Requests for Evidence or Notices of Intent to Deny are issued, which can add weeks or months to a case’s processing time.
Processing times should use real-time data that accurately reflect the time it takes USCIS to perform adjudications, as well as the number or percentage of applications/petitions that fall outside the posted processing time. More accurate processing times will go a long way to setting realistic expectations for individuals and employers, and measuring the agency’s success in meeting stated processing goals.
Please note that these data may change without notice.
Other Ways to Determine Processing Times USCIS
There are other ways to predict the processing times USCIS.
One way is to use the Case Tracker and Searcher App for USCIS. See our previous blog post, “Review of Case Tracker and Searcher App for USCIS“.