How do I check USCIS processing times?

The most common questions an Immigration Law Firm receives are:
  1. How long is my immigration case going to take?
  2. Why has USCIS taken over half a year in my case?
  3. Why hasn’t the online case status updated over the past few months, aren’t they processing my case?
  4. How can I figure out how long USCIS is going to take to processes my filing?
  5. Why did my friend’s case already process, but my case is going slow?

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The best way to address the question is to first consider: what is the main form in a process. If only one form was filed, then that task is easy, if many forms were filed, then that is where this becomes important. For Instance, if you are filing for a green card adjustment of status, and submitted an I-130, I-130A, I-131, I-485, I-765, ect., then the I-485 would be more important since it has an interview.

Second, you will figure out (1) where is the file located at and (2) where will it finally process at.

The USCIS Notice you receive has a service center or field office address at the bottom left corner or the top right corner. That answers where a file is currently at in most cases.

However, where will a case finally process at can be difficult. If an interview is required, then the local field office would be the location. If no interview is likely, then the service center would be the final processing location. However, the below tool may be exactly what you need to answer this question.

USCIS has created a Case Processing tool to assist in checking the estimated processing times of a specific case type.













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