Delays at Vermont Service Center in Processing Filing Fees and Issuing Receipt Notices

Update March 29, 2023 Since the delay began in late January, Vermont is still experiencing delays in processing payment issue receipt notices. Original Post March 7, 2023 We started noticing delays in getting back receipt notices around the end of January. On March 3, 2023, USCIS confirmed they are experiencing delays due to filing volumes and intake delays. The delay is still ongoing as of the...

Processing Times for Family-based petitions and applications, including I-130 and I-485

September 21, 2023 We are excited to share another update on the I-765 (Employment Authorization Document) processing times, particularly those filed in conjunction with family-based I-485 applications. Continuing the positive trend we highlighted in July, we are witnessing even more encouraging statistics, showing that processing times have further improved. Sample Processing Times: Application...

I-485 EB Processing Time (Filed in FY 2023)

Update August 4, 2023 In this update, we have a sample I-485 EB approval for an EB3 skilled worker application. This case was filed on December 19, 2022, and it was approved on July 26, 2023. It took a total of 7 months in processing time, which is significantly shorter than posted timeframes on USCIS's website. It's important to note that the USCIS is currently making concerted efforts to...

H-1B Receipt Notice Delays at the Vermont Service Center

Update July 15, 2022 The good news is that we have already received approvals for some of the H-1Bs affected by the receipt delay. Update July 1, 2022 First Vermont, now California is experiencing unusual delay in issuing H-1B receipt notices. Interestingly, Vermont has been transferring workload to California since June to address its own delay and speed up the intaking process. Update June 22,...

Is the New Estimated Case Processing Time Better than Before?

On May 5, 2022, USCIS announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. Users can now immediately find the processing time information for their particular type of case, rather than seeing an aggregate of all related case types. Additional changes include: Adding drop-down options for form categories will help narrow results to only...

USCIS Temporarily Increases Automatic EAD extension up to 540 days

Update July 7, 2022 USCIS has informed the public that some applicants may have received incorrect receipt notices showing the outdated 180-day automatic extension instead of the current 540-day automatic extension. The incorrect receipt notices were issued between May 4, 2022 and June 2, 2022. Affected applicants should be receiving the correct notices by the third week of July. Sample...

Settlement Reached: H-4 EAD Renewals Now Also Qualifies For Automatic 180-Day extension and L-2s Get Work Authorization Without EAD.

Update May 12, 2022 On Nov. 12, 2021, USCIS issued a policy announcement to clarify that it will consider E and L spouses to be employment authorized based on their valid E or L nonimmigrant status. Since the November 2021 announcement, the Department of Homeland Security added new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of Jan. 30, 2022, USCIS and...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

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Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

I-751 Processing updates

Update 05/18/2023 Here's a sample I-751 approval without Interview. Total processing time is about 28 months. Update Post 08/25/2022 Sample I-751 approval that took 2 years to process. Update Post 09/17/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 09/04/2021. Interview was waived. Filed on 12/06/2019 Approved on 09/04/2021 Update Post 08/20/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 08/17/2021. The...