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  • Type: Audio and Video
    Post date: Apr 21st 2019
  • Type: Page
    Post date: Apr 16th 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers you a variety of services both before and after you file your case. For example, using the links provided on the left panel, you can:

    • Determine how long we take to process a particular type of case;
    • Easily check the status of your case by clicking on the USCIS Web site; or
    • Check the customer guide which explains how to contact USCIS. The guide will also help you determine if your case is outside of the targeted processing time. 

    Please click on this link, to access the USCIS website.

    Post date: Apr 16th 2019


    Processing Queue Priority Dates
    Month Year
    Analyst Review December 2018
    Audit Review September 2018
    Reconsideration Requests to the CO December 2018

    The Analyst Review and Audit dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases were filed that are now being adjudicated at the Atlanta National Processing Center. *The Reconsideration Request to the CO dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases that are now being reviewed at the Atlanta National Processing Center were appealed. For various reasons, the center may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted on iCERT. If your application was filed more than 3 months prior to the month posted, you may contact the Helpdesk for a status on the application at

    Determinations Average Number of Days to Process PERM Applications
    Month Calendar Days
    Analyst Review March 2019 106
    Audit Review March 2019 217

    The Analyst Review and Audit Review determination processing times on iCERT above reflect the amount of time to process applications for the month. The actual processing time for each employer PERM application may vary from the average depending on the material facts and circumstances. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for all PERM applications for the most recent month.

  • Type: Processing times and status checks
    Post date: Apr 16th 2019

    In January 2017, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) modified how it presents processing time information. Previously, the AAO reported, by form type, the average completion time for the month’s cases. But certain scenarios (such as a month with few completions in certain categories) could result in an imprecise portrayal of processing times. The AAO will now provide, by form type, the total number of completions for the quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, which is our goal. The AAO believes this change affords stakeholders more valuable information on our processing times.

    The administrative appeals process has two stages: initial field review and AAO appellate review.

    Initial field review: The office that issued the unfavorable decision has 45 days to evaluate the appeal and determine whether to take favorable action on the appeal. If that office does not take favorable action, it will forward the appeal to the AAO and send the appellant a Notice of Transfer to the AAO.

    AAO appellate review: The AAO strives to complete its appellate review within 180 days from the time it receives a complete case record after the initial field review. Some cases may take longer than 180 days due to factors beyond the AAO’s control. For example, additional documentation may be needed to complete the record, or the case may be more complex and require additional review.

    The following chart shows the percentage of cases the AAO completed within 180 days, by case category, during the most recent quarter of the fiscal year. These data include all AAO dispositions for the listed form types. If a case category is not listed, the AAO issued no appeal decisions for that category in the most recent quarter.

    Timeliness of Fiscal Year 2019 First Quarter Completions (October - December 2018)

    Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
    Cumulative of all completions   95.46% 1323
    I-129CW CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 100% 4
    I-129E Treaty Trader or Investor 100% 8
    I-129F Petition for Fiancée 100% 14
    I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 86.91% 382
    I-129H2B Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker 100% 4
    I-129H2A Temporary Nonimmigrant 100% 1
    I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 100% 87
    I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 100% 9
    I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 100% 4
    I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 96% 25
    I-131 Application for Travel Document 100% 4
    I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 98% 50
    I-140B Outstanding Professor or Researcher 100% 1
    I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 100% 41
    I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 100% 26
    I-140E Professional Worker 100% 14
    I-140F Skilled Worker 100% 14
    I-140G Other Worker 100% 3
    I-140I National Interest Waiver 100% 24
    I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 100% 48
    I-352 Bond Breach 100% 28
    I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 99.04% 104
    I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 100% 7
    I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 87.50% 32
    I-485 SEC 13 Diplomat 100% 7
    I-485U U Visa Nonimmigrant Adjustment 100% 30
    I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 100% 56
    I-600 Petition for Orphan 100% 6
    I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 99.30% 143
    I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 100% 6
    I-821 Temporary Protected Status 100% 30
    I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 94.74% 19
    I-914A Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient 100% 4
    I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 100% 36
    I-924 Denial Application for Regional Center DesignationApplication for Regional Center DesignationApplication for Regional Center DesignationDenial of Regional Center Designation 100% 1
    I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 75% 4
    N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 100% 4
    N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 100% 41
  • Type: News
    Post date: Apr 16th 2019

    Foreign visitors to the U.S. arriving via air or sea no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record or Form I-94W Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record. Those who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—can access their CBP arrival/departure record information online.

    CBP now gathers travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.

    If travelers need the information from their Form I-94 admission record to verify immigration status or employment authorization, the record number and other admission information they are encouraged to get their I-94 Number.

    Upon arrival, a CBP officer stamps the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until. If a traveler would like a paper Form I-94, one can be requested during the inspection process. All requests will be accommodated in a secondary setting.

    Upon exiting the U.S., travelers previously issued a paper Form I-94 should surrender it to the commercial carrier or to CBP upon departure. Otherwise, CBP will record the departure electronically via manifest information provided by the carrier or by CBP.

    This automation streamlines the entry process for travelers, facilitates security and reduces federal costs. CBP estimates that the automated process will save the agency $15.5 million a year.

    For more information and for answers to frequently asked questions, see the I-94 Fact Sheet.

    The CBP INFO Center offers questions and answers for I-94.

    NOTICE: Beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric.  Currently, I-94 numbers are 11 digits long and only contain numbers.  In order to minimize program impact resulting from the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers and to create a long-term solution for the creation of new numbers, CBP is switching to alphanumeric I-94s.  I-94 numbers will remain at 11 characters but will follow the format of 9 digits, followed by a letter in the 10th position, and a digit in the 11th position.  Unexpired I-94s issued in the current numeric-only format will continue to be valid until the Admit Until Date printed on the paper I-94 and/or the date displayed on the public I-94 website at