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Immigration Processing Times

Immigration processing times can vary widely depending on the type of application, the specific immigration benefit sought, the service center or consulate handling the case, and various other factors. Even more so than immigration laws themselves, processing times are subject to change, and it’s advisable to check the most recent updates.

Here are some general categories and factors affecting immigration processing times:

USCIS Processing Times

USCIS provides estimated processing times for different types of applications on their website. These times can vary based on the volume of applications received and other factors. The recent filing fee increase was applied with one of the main reasons being, USCIS wants to speed up processes.

Family-based Petitions

The processing times for family-sponsored immigration petitions can vary based on the family relationship and the preference category. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens generally have shorter waiting times compared to other family-sponsored preferences.

Adjustment of Status

Processing times for adjustment of status applications (Green Card applications) can vary based on the service center handling the case and the category under which you’re adjusting status. For example, employment-based immigration processing times can vary based on the specific employment category, and the USCIS service center processing the case.

Naturalization (Citizenship)

Processing times for naturalization applications can also vary. As of today (May 3, 2024) Naturalization cases are taking around 7 to 8 months to be processed.

Asylum and Refugee Processing

Asylum processing times can vary based on the complexity of the case and the backlog at the Asylum Office. The processing times for refugee applications can depend on various factors, including security clearances and the availability of resources.

Consular Processing Times

For visa applications processed through U.S. consulates abroad, processing times can vary by location and visa category. The U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin provides information on visa availability and waiting times for immigrant visas.

It’s essential to note that processing times can change due to factors such as policy updates, changes in government priorities, or unforeseen circumstances. You can always use the tools that are provided by immigration officials to confirm your processing times. However, sometimes cases can be “out of processing time.” If you want to consult about an active case or need help starting your process, contact the J. Molina Law Firm – we will protect your American Dream!

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