Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 07/16/2021 We received an interview notice for the naturalization application that was filed in September 2020. Almost one year wait. But cases filed this year are processed much faster (see below). Original Post 07/08/2021 There seems to be a trend where recently filed naturalization applications are being processed faster than cases filed last year. We have two cases filed in March and...

I-751 Processing updates

Regarding ACS biometrics notices, we recently received one for a I-751 that was filed in July 2020. I-751 processing continues to experience extended delays although there have been some improvements. We just received approval for a case filed on 10/30/2019. The interview was waived. The total processing time is about 20 months. Compared to two months ago, we received approval of a case filed in...

USCIS Will Offer Relief to Those Impacted by Delays at USCIS Lockbox

Update June 18, 2021 If you have experienced a delayed rejection of your immigration filing which you are unable to refile due to no longer being eligible for the immigration benefit requested, please pay attention to the current flexibilities offered by USCIS. These filing flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10, 2021, until August 9, 2021. Refiling Eligibility You may refile your...

USCIS Receipt Delay Update: H-4 / H-4 EAD

Update June 23, 2021 We received an H-4 and an H-4 EAD approval which were filed on August 6, 2020. The applicant completed biometrics on March 12, 2021. We also received an H-4 approval which was filed on May 13, 2020. The applicant completed biometrics on April 23, 2021. Update June 14, 2021 We received an H-4 approval which was filed on July 31, 2020. The applicant completed biometrics on May...

USCIS is Responding Quickly to Service Request Inquiry

Update May 4, 2021 Since January of last year, we have seen an uptick in typos and errors on official notices. We've caught errors almost every month which suggests the trend will continue. Errors include name misspellings, wrong priority date, wrong DOB, missing A#, and wrong EB category (EB1 instead of EB2). We will create a new post to track these ongoing errors. It is important to look at...

USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment Verification

As we have been posting recently, USCIS is experiencing record delays in issuing receipt notices of various applications. We just finally received all receipt notices in connection with I-485 employment based applications in October 2020 (a 4 month wait!). It does not seems like the situation is improving as we are continuing to receive various receipt notices that are 2 to 3 months late. The...

Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium

Update 07/12/2021 It does seem like the adjudication time is much faster than before. Many H-1Bs have been approved within 2 months. The example below is another cap-subject H-1B. Approved in 12 days under normal processing. Update 06/09/2021 We are now seeing fast H-1B approvals without premium for cap-subject filings. The samples below were filed on May 24, 2021 and were approved on June 1,...