USCIS Temporarily Increases Automatic EAD extension up to 540 days

Starting May 4, 2022, USCIS will increase the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days. The following employment eligible categories are eligible for an automatic: The eligibility category you listed on your Form I-765 renewal...

USCIS posts alert and creates inflated expectations over EB I-485 applications

Update 05/17/2022 USCIS is now showing new case status updates relating to pending I-485. Specifically, it will now tell you if your I-485 is put on hold due to visa number retrogression. The crazy part is that the update for this case is incorrect. We had filed a request to transfer the underlying basis from EB3 to EB2 and have already received the I-485 J receipt (see earlier update). Visa...

Prevailing Wage Determinations Have Slowed Down But Still Follow FIFO

Processing time of prevailing wage determinations has slowed to about 6 months. DOL does not post avg processing time but only the submission date of the oldest application in its pipeline. Looking at its latest data, the oldest application in its queue as of December 31, 2021 is April 2021. Based on our records, requests for PWD have slowed down from 5 months to 6 months. We are currently...

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...

I-140 Processing Time

Update 12/06/2021 We have some more sample approvals showing straight approvals in about 5 months at the Texas Service Center. For petitions involving RFE, the total processing time will be longer. We have received an approved I-140 that took about16 months. This particular I-140 also involved a "lost" RFE response which added to the total processing time. See related post: USCIS May Lose Your...

H-1B Processing Update

We are starting a new post to track the processing timeframes of non-premium H-1B cases. Please check out a related post on Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium. Update 04/14/2022 The current processing time is about 3 to 5 months for extension, transfer, and amended petitions. Petitions subject to RFE will take longer. 3 months: 4 months: 5 months: Update 03/17/2022 Processing time of H-1B is...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

Related Posts: Another Chance to File I-485 after RejectionUSCIS Processing Update: H-4 / H-4 EADI-485 EB Processing UpdateExpediting a Pending I-765 EADBreaking: USCIS to Eliminate Biometrics Requirement for I-539 filers starting May 17, 2021Biometric Appt may now be Rescheduled by PhoneI-751 Processing updatesNaturalization Processing UpdatesTemporary Extension of I-693 Validity from 2 Years...

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...

Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 08/30/2021 We have some more processing updates of pending naturalization cases at the Baltimore Field Office. Below are two interview notices scheduled for 10/01/2021. One was filed on 09/28/2020 and the other on 11/27/2020. Applications filed in 2020 generally takes about a year or longer for adjudication, whereas cases filed in 2021 are processed much faster. Update 08/24/2021 We...

I-751 Processing updates

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 interview also took place on 08/17/2021. Filed on 05/31/2019 Approved on 08/17/2021 Original Post 06/29/2021 Regarding ACS biometrics notices, we recently received one for a I-751 that was...