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From one week to several years: how long to expect processing of different immigration forms in USCIS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of staff to process applications, the waiting time for the results of some applications at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased significantly. ForumDaily decided to find out how long applicants need to wait now.

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USCIS has a dedicated tool Check Case Processing Times (Checking the processing time of the case), which allows you to select the type of the submitted form, the office where it was submitted, and find out how long you will have to wait until your application is considered.

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Use this form only to replace or renew your green card.

Do not submit this form if you have conditional resident status or want to revoke your green card.

Waiting time for processing an application - 7-13 months.

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Use this form if you are a US citizen or lawful permanent resident and need to prove your relationship with a relative who wishes to come or stay in the United States on a permanent basis and receive a green card.

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Submitting your Form I-130 is the first step in helping an eligible relative apply for immigration to the United States and obtain a green card. Filing or approving this petition does not give the applicant's relative any immigration status or benefits.

Waiting time for processing an application - depending on the category of the relative - from one week to 168 months.

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document

Use this form to apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or emergency travel document, including leaving the United States for humanitarian reasons.

If you complete this form to request a document and leave the United States without having it in your possession, valid for the entire time you are abroad, USCIS will consider your Form I-131 invalid.

Waiting time for processing an application - 3-24,5 months.

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

"Change of status" is a general term used to describe the change in US immigration status to permanent residence (green card holder). US immigration law allows a temporary visitor (such as a student, tourist, etc.) to change status to a permanent immigrant if the individual has entered the United States legally and meets certain requirements.

Waiting time for processing an application - from 11 to 62,5 months.

Form I-539, Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539, Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status)

Who can submit this form:

  • Non-immigrants who are extending their stay or transferring to another nonimmigrant status;
  • CNMI residents applying for initial status grant;
  • Non-immigrants F and M applying for reinstatement of employment;
  • Individuals seeking nonimmigrant status V or extending their stay as non-immigrant V.

Waiting time for processing an application - from 2,5 to 22 months.

Form I-730, Refugee / Asylee Relative Petition

If you were admitted to the United States as a primary refugee, or if you were granted status in the United States as a primary refugee in the previous two years, you can use this form to request post-accession benefits for your spouse and / or non-member only. marriage of children under 21 years of age.

Waiting time for processing an application - from 22 to 49 months.

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Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

Use this form if you are a conditional permanent resident who received status as a result of marriage and want to apply to remove the condition from your green card (2 years after marriage, if you have not divorced).

Waiting time for processing an application - from 15,5 to 28 months.

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (I-765)

Some foreigners who are in the United States can file Form I-765, Application for Work Permit, to request a work permit and a work authorization document (EAD). Other foreigners whose immigration status permits them to work in the United States without restriction can use Form I-765 to apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an EAD confirming such permission.

Waiting time for processing an application - from 2 to 14,5 weeks.

Form N-400Application for Naturalization

This form is used to apply for US citizenship.

Waiting time for processing an application - depending on the state from 6 to 21,5 months.

Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization / Citizenship Document

Use this form to apply for: a replacement naturalization document, citizenship; repatriation certificate; Application for a special certificate of naturalization as a US citizen for recognition by a foreign country.

Waiting time for processing an application - from 9,5 to 12 months.

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