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

This post will provide sample processing timeframes for employment-based I-485s filed in FY 2023 (October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023). Processing time for the previous fiscal years is here: I-485 EB Processing Update We only have sample receipt notices for now but later updates will include approvals. Currently, it's taking up to 3 weeks to receive receipt notices. Also, the employment-based...

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,...

USCIS Expands Premium Processing to I-140 EB1 (EB1-C) and I-140 EB-2 (NIW)

Update Post, September 16, 2022 USCIS continues to expand premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Beginning September 15, 2022, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for: E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before January 1, 2022; andE21 NIW petitions...

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July 7, 2022 USCIS has informed the public that some applicants may have received incorrect receipt notices showing the outdated 180-day automatic extension instead of the current 540-day automatic extension.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...

USCIS posts alert about “Transfer the Underlying Basis” and creates inflated expectations over EB I-485 applications

Update 06/28/2022 We are now seeing the results of the requests to transfer the underlying basis ("relink"). We started filing the requests in February. Below is a sample. In addition to sending out the written request to relink, our advice is to follow up on that request by calling USCIS and initiating a service inquiry. Client has both I-140 EB2 and I-140 EB3. I-140 485 EB3 Concurrent Filing...

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

The processing times here generally cover PERM-based I-140s. EB-1a, EB-1b, and EB-2 NIW will be highlighted in other posts. Update 12/01/2022 Sample I-140 approval from TSC showing a continued trend toward faster adjudication. This one took less than a month. Update 09/26/2022 Some recent samples showing processing times from 1 to 7 months. The trend is toward faster adjudication. Update...

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 12/02/2022 Another sample H-1B extension that took longer than most. about 5 months. Update 11/30/2022 Here's an example of an H-1B extension that took about 6 months which is longer than the current average. Most H-1Bs for the...