Chapter 4 – Results of the Naturalization Examination USCIS has 120 days from the date of the initial naturalization interview to issue a decision. If the decision is not issued within 120 days of the interview, an applicant may request judicial review of his or her application in district court.
Approve the application; Continue the examination without making a decision (if more information is needed), if the applicant needs to be rescheduled, or for other relevant reasons; or Deny the application.
The officer must provide the applicant with a notice of results at the end of the interview regardless of the outcome. The notice should address the outcome of the interview and the next steps involved for continued cases.
How long does USCIS take to review after interview?
After the Interview – At the end of the interview, you’ll receive a notice with results of both your interview and citizenship exam. If USCIS has everything it needs from you, they may also decide on your citizenship application the same day. (If you’re lucky, your Oath of Allegiance ceremony may happen then, too.) Otherwise, they’ll have up to 120 days after your interview to make a decision.
- USCIS needs more information or documentation from you.
- You did not pass the citizenship test (or a portion of it).
How long does it take for USCIS to review case?
AAO Processing Times The AAO reports its processing times by form type, displaying the total number of completions for the quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, which is our goal. The administrative appeals process has two stages: initial field review and AAO appellate review.
- Initial field review: The office that issued the unfavorable decision has 45 days to evaluate the appeal and determine whether to take favorable action on the appeal.
- If that office does not take favorable action, it will forward the appeal to the AAO and send the appellant a Notice of Transfer to the AAO.
AAO appellate review: The AAO strives to complete its appellate review within 180 days from the time it receives a complete case record after the initial field review. Some cases may take longer than 180 days due to factors beyond the AAO’s control. For example, additional documentation may be needed to complete the record, or the case may be more complex and require additional review.
|Completed 0-180 Days
|Cumulative total of all completions
|Petition for CNMI Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker
|Petition for Fiancée
|Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker
|Nonimmigrant Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker
|Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange
|Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee
|Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker
|Athletes, Artists and Entertainers
|Nonimmigrant Religious Worker
|Application for Travel Document
|Alien with Extraordinary Ability
|Outstanding Professor or Researcher
|Multinational Manager or Executive
|Advanced Degree Professional
|National Interest Waiver
|Application to Reapply for Admission
|Special Immigrant Juvenile
|Petition for Religious Worker
|Special Immigrant Iraq National
|Special Immigrant Afghanistan National
|Violence Against Women Act Petition
|Adjustment of Status of T Nonimmigrants
|Adjustment of Status of U Nonimmigrants
|Petition for Orphan
|Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility
|Application of 212(e) Waiver
|Application for Status as a Temporary Resident Under Section 245A
|Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative
|Temporary Protected Status
|Application for T Nonimmigrant Status
|Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
|Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient
|Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
|Certificate of Citizenship
AAO Processing Times
What is the process after USCIS interview?
After your interview, we will give you a Form N-652 that gives you information about the results of your interview. based on all the information you have given us, we will either grant, continue, or deny your naturalization application after your interview.
How do you know if your USCIS interview went well?
Naturalization Interview Decision – By the end of the naturalization interview, there’s a good chance you’ll know if you’re headed for the oath ceremony. If everything goes well in the interview, the USCIS officer will likely tell you that he/she is approving the application. He/she may also hand you a piece of paper containing information about your oath ceremony.
- In some cases, the USCIS officer cannot make a decision after the naturalization interview.
- The final decision could require the assistance of a supervisor or perhaps USCIS requires additional evidence which you did not have available at your interview.
- In the event that USCIS denies your application, they will provide the reasons for the denial.
You may choose to appeal or file a new application. Before submitting a new N-400, take the time to understand the reason for the denial so that it’s not repeated again. RECOMMENDED: 4 Things to Do After Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Why does USCIS take so long to review case?
Case Inquiries –
I think my case is taking too long; when can I submit a service request? After you obtain your processing time, a tool will appear to help you determine whether you can contact us with questions about your case. Enter your receipt date, which can be found on your receipt notice, into the text box. If your case is outside normal processing times (beyond the time to complete 93% of adjudicated cases or beyond 130% of the cycle time), you will be provided a link for submitting an inquiry. If your case is within normal processing times, you will be provided an estimated date for when you can contact us. Please check back periodically because processing times may change. Why are the processing times increasing for the form type I submitted? Many factors may affect how long it takes USCIS to complete an application, petition or request, such as the number of applications, petitions, or requests we receive, workload and staffing allocations, the time a benefit requestor takes responding to a request for more information, as well as policy and operational changes, among other factors. I have been waiting longer for a decision than the time displayed for my form type and office. Why? Many factors impact processing times, including the number of applications, petitions, or requests we receive, workload allocations, and staffing levels, among other factors. Case-specific factors may also make an individual adjudication more complex, requiring additional adjudicative time. Some of these factors can also be influenced by the benefit requestor, such as if an application, petition, or request is incomplete when we receive it, or if an applicant, petitioner, or requestor receives a request for more information or misses an appointment for biometrics submission or interview.
What happens if no response from USCIS after interview?
What to Do if No Decision After a Green Card Interview If you recently attended your I-485 Green Card interview with a USCIS officer, and this resulted in no decision being made, then you may understandably be concerned and/or confused as to why. Having invested considerable time in preparing for your interview, collating the documents you needed to take, practising answers to the questions you were likely to be asked, and perhaps securing the services of an interpreter, a no-decision can be unsettling.
- I once heard someone say, “I can handle a yes, I can handle a no, but I can’t handle ‘don’t know'”.
- Ultimately, a no-decision leaves us in limbo, unsure of where we stand.
- In this article, we will discuss what you can do if you do not receive a decision at the end of your adjustment of the status interview in the US No Decision Is Not Uncommon, And No Reason For Concern Receiving no decision at the end of your adjustment of the status interview may be concerning, but it needn’t be.
It is not uncommon for USCIS case officers to be in a position whereby they cannot give the final go-ahead to an application. The information given may have provided most of what they needed, but if a final check is required, they will defer a decision until after the interview.
You may be asked to come back for another interview if they run out of time to ask you enough questions to confirm your eligibility or genuineness. This is more likely if your case and/or background is more complex. Depending on the nature of the questions, you may have a feel for whether the case officer has particular concerns given your answers, however, this may not be immediately clear.
In some cases, rather than provide an immediate decision, the USCIS officer will ask for some additional information to be provided; this is referred to as a request for evidence (RFE). If this happens, you can be reasonably assured that this is the reason for no-decision.
Do remember that if USCIS doesn’t make an immediate decision, your application for has not been refused, and you can remain living legally in the US until you receive your final decision. Why Might USCIS Not Make A Decision Following An I-485 Interview? There are many reasons why a USCIS officer may not offer an immediate decision at the end of your interview, including:
They need further evidence before a decision can be made (request for evidence) Further checks to be carried out There are concerns that you are not a genuine case There are concerns that you may pose a security threat You have provided information during your interview which requires the case officer to review your case with a senior case officer There were problems relating to interpretation which made it difficult for them to get the information they needed You didn’t bring the correct original translated documents with you to the meeting Not disclosing key information which is relevant to your case
Thankfully, most of these reasons for deferring a decision on your application can be avoided with careful and thorough preparation before your interview. In many cases, the reason for not providing an immediate decision may be due to no fault of your own or due to factors outside of your control.
- When Can I Expect A Decision After My I-485 Interview? If you did not receive a decision at the end of your interview, you should expect to receive a decision from USCIS within 30 days.
- We are aware of many cases, however, where USCIS does not meet this deadline.
- This may be because they are particularly busy and not been able to respond within this time.
It may be they are waiting for a final piece of information from another source that is outside of your control. Again, if you have not received a decision within 30 days, do not panic; this does not mean you are more likely to receive a refusal of your adjustment of status to being a lawful permanent residence.
In some cases, it can take up to 60 or 90 days. If you have not heard back within 90 days, we recommend arranging a follow-up Infopass appointment with your local USCIS service centre to see what more needs to be done to get your matter over the line. If following another appointment with USCIS, you are still concerned your application is not progressing smoothly, consider engaging the help of an who can assist you.
An immigration attorney will be able to quickly review your case and all of your correspondence to get to the heart of any possible delay. Based on the root cause of the problem, they will be able to recommend a course of action. Their involvement will, where possible, provide you with the confidence you need that your application should lead to a positive outcome.
- And if necessary, they can intervene on your behalf to help accelerate the process.
- Wrapping Up If your application is entirely genuine and you are confident that you meet the eligibility criteria for lawful permanent residence in the US, then you have little to be concerned about.
- Delays are, unfortunately, normal, especially at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We regularly hear from applicants who have been waiting for longer than 30 days after their interview for a decision, only to receive approval shortly after. That said, if you have real concerns that USCIS may refuse your application following the interview, speak to an who can assess your situation and recommend the best course of action as soon as possible.
What happens after USCIS review your case?
Step 2: Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing – After USCIS approves your petition, they will transfer your case to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) for pre-processing. The first step in this processing is the creation of your case in our system.
- Once this is complete, we will send you a Welcome Letter by e-mail or physical mail.
- With the information in this letter, you can log in to our Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to check your status, receive messages, and manage your case.
- Once you submit your fees, forms, and supporting documents to NVC, we will review your case to ensure you provided all the documentation required to schedule the immigrant visa interview.
Interviews are based on the availability of appointments offered at the Embassy/Consulate. To determine which cases NVC is currently reviewing, please refer to the NVC Timeframes page on the right navigation bar. Number of Visas Each Year is Limited in Some Categories United States law limits the number of immigrant visa numbers available each year in certain visa categories.
- This means that even if USCIS approves an immigrant visa petition for you, you may not get an immigrant visa number immediately.
- In addition, U.S.
- Law also limits the number of visas available in certain categories by country.
- For limited categories, the availability of immigrant visa numbers depends on the date your petition was filed and the number of others waiting for the same visa category.
The date your petition was filed is called your priority date. Priority dates are posted monthly on the Visa Bulletin, which provides up-to-date priority dates for cases NVC is processing. Please note that while NVC attempts to contact all applicants when their visa number is available, you can also use the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin to check whether a visa is available for your petition.
If a visa is available and NVC has not yet contacted you, please let us know by using our Public Inquiry Form, Important Notice: Termination of Registration: Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 203(g) provides that the “Secretary of State shall terminate the registration (petition) of any alien who fails to apply for an immigrant visa within one year” of notice of visa availability.
The petition may be reinstated if, within two years of notice of visa availability, the alien establishes that the “failure to apply was for reasons beyond the alien’s control.” Therefore, if you do not respond to notices from NVC within one year you risk termination of your petition under this section of law and would lose the benefits of that petition, such as your priority date.
How can I speed up my USCIS case status?
In General – You may ask USCIS to expedite adjudication of a benefit request (such as an application or petition) for an immigration benefit. USCIS:
Considers all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis; May require additional documentation to support a request; and Has the sole discretion to decide whether to accommodate a request.
Because granting an expedite request means that USCIS would adjudicate the requestor’s benefit ahead of others who filed earlier, we carefully weigh the urgency and merit of each expedite request. We may consider an expedite request if it meets one or more of the following criteria or circumstances:
Severe financial loss to a company or person, provided that the need for urgent action is not the result of the petitioner’s or applicant’s failure to:
Timely file the benefit request, or Timely respond to any requests for additional evidence;
A company can demonstrate that it would suffer a severe financial loss if it is at risk of failing, losing a critical contract, or having to lay off other employees. For example, a medical office may suffer severe financial loss if a gap in a doctor’s employment authorization would require the medical practice to lay off its medical assistants.
- Job loss may be sufficient to establish severe financial loss for a person, depending on the individual circumstances.
- For example, the inability to travel for work that would result in job loss might warrant expedited treatment.
- The need to obtain employment authorization by itself, without evidence of other compelling factors, does not warrant expedited treatment.
In addition, severe financial loss may also be established where failure to expedite would result in a loss of critical public benefits or services.
Emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons;
In the context of an expedite request, humanitarian reasons are those related to human welfare. Examples may include, but are not limited to, illness, disability, extreme living conditions, death in the family, or a critical need to travel to obtain medical treatment in a limited amount of time.
An emergency may include an urgent need to expedite employment authorization for healthcare workers during a national emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, an expedite request may be considered under this criterion in instances where a vulnerable person’s safety may be compromised due to a breach of confidentiality if there is a delay in processing the benefit application.
A benefit requestor’s desire to travel for vacation does not, in general, meet the definition of an emergency.
Nonprofit organization (as designated by the Internal Revenue Service) whose request is in furtherance of the cultural or social interests of the United States;
A nonprofit organization seeking to expedite a beneficiary’s benefit request must demonstrate an urgent need to expedite the case based on the beneficiary’s specific role within the nonprofit in furthering cultural or social interests (as opposed to the organization’s role in furthering social or cultural interests).
Examples may include a medical professional urgently needed for medical research related to a specific social U.S. interest (such as the COVID-19 pandemic or other socially impactful research or project) or a university professor urgently needed to participate in a specific and imminent cultural program.
Another example is a religious organization that urgently needs a beneficiary’s specific services and skill set to continue a vital social outreach program. In such instances, the religious organization must articulate why the respective beneficiary is specifically needed, as opposed to pointing to a general shortage alone.
U.S. government interests (such cases identified as urgent by federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or other public safety or national security interests); or
U.S. government interests may include, but are not limited to, cases identified as urgent by other government agencies, including labor and employment agencies, and public safety or national security interests. For expedite requests made by a federal agency, involving other public safety or national security interests, the national interest need must be immediate and substantive.
If the need for the action is not immediate, expedited processing is not warranted. A substantive need does not mean that a delay would pose existential or irreversible consequences to the national interests but rather that the case at hand is of a scale or a uniqueness that requires immediate action to prevent real and serious harm to U.S.
interests. Expedite requests from government agencies (federal, state, or local) must be made by a senior-level official of that agency. If the request relates to employment authorization, the request must demonstrate that the need for a person to be employment-authorized is mission-critical and goes beyond a general need to retain a particular worker or person.
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Not every circumstance that fits in one of these categories will result in expedited processing. For more information, see USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 1, Part A, Public Services, Chapter 5, Requests to Expedite Applications or Petitions, You can generally request expedited processing by calling the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) or by asking Emma after you have obtained a receipt notice.
(You can access Emma by clicking on the Ask Emma icon on the top right of this page). The USCIS Contact Center will not be able to refer the expedite request to the appropriate office without a receipt number. When you call to request expedited processing, the USCIS Contact Center creates and forwards a service request to the office with jurisdiction over your application or petition.
After receiving the service request, the reviewing office may request additional documentation to support expedited processing. A decision on an expedite request is not an approval or a denial of the underlying benefit request. The expedite decision simply informs the requestor whether USCIS will take the benefit request out of date order and issue a decision (approval or denial) faster than the normal processing time.
How long does it take after case is being actively reviewed by USCIS I-130?
Form I-130 Processing Time What Happens After Filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative If you are helping a family member immigrate to the United States, you’ll file, to establish a qualifying relationship and reserve an immigrant visa (green card).
If properly filed, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will initially respond by mailing you a receipt notice that confirms receipt of your petition. Formally known as Form I-797C, Notice of Action (see example below), the receipt notice typically arrives 2 to 4 weeks after filing. If you did not properly file your Form I-130, USCIS will send a Notice of Action to reject the petition.
A rejection will significantly delay your request and overall I-130 processing time. Thus, it’s important to prepare the immigrant visa petition package correctly and submit all required supporting documents. Save your I-130 receipt notice. It contains your 10-digit receipt number. You can use this receipt number to, If you didn’t receive a Notice of Action, you can make a, At this point, USCIS may begin reviewing your petition. It’s very helpful to understand the difference between and categories as well as how that will affect your petition.
Immigration law defines immediate relatives as the spouse, unmarried children (under age 21) and parents of a U.S. citizen. They are given priority. More accurately, there is no numerical limit on immigrant visas for immediate relatives. Therefore, the wait time is much shorter. USCIS will begin reviewing immediate relative petitions as soon as possible.
However, family preference categories generally have a wait time. Therefore, there is no urgency to process these petitions as an immigrant visa typically is not immediately available. During the processing period, USCIS could deny your petition at any time if they’ve determined that you haven’t established eligibility.
Likewise, they may issue a at any point if they need additional evidence to confirm your eligibility. The graph below illustrates median processing times (in months) for the previous 10 fiscal years. There’s been a fairly steady increase in the time it takes USCIS to process immigrant visa petitions. With more demanding requirements and an increasingly complex form, USCIS is struggling to keep I-130 processing times within their desired range.
Again, the number of immigrant visas (green cards) issued to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens is unlimited. Most Form I-130 petitions for immediate relatives are approved within a 6 to 12 month time frame, but they can take longer in some cases. If you are in the United States and also filed an application to adjust status, USCIS will begin reviewing Form I-485 at this point.
If you are outside the U.S., USCIS will forward your case to the (NVC) to begin consular processing. The NVC will advise you when it’s time to submit the visa application and other supporting documents. Remember, immediate relatives are the spouses, unmarried children (under 21) and parents of U.S. citizens.
This is a select group of immigrants with unlimited visas. All other types of relationships are considered family preference categories and generally take longer to approve and become current. There is a numerical limit on the number of immigrant visas issued to family preference category immigrants each year.
- The length of the wait depends on the specific category and the date the petition was filed.
- This is called your priority date.
- Therefore, it’s very important to understand that even if USCIS approves Form I-130, you may not get an immigrant visa number immediately.
- In some categories, it can take several years before the priority date is current.
USCIS may approve the petition in as little as 6 months for the F2A category (usually much longer for other categories), but you will still need to wait for a visa to become available before the immigrant visa (green card) application can be submitted to the U.S.
consulate. Using your priority date, you can check the status of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin. The graph below shows the number of open cases at the end of each fiscal year. There is an unprecedented number of I-130 cases in the backlog. If unaddressed by USCIS, more backlog can contribute to longer processing times for future petitioners.
Under current U.S. immigration law, Congress limits the number of family preference green cards that may be granted each year. Thus, the annual quota (numerical limit) on each category combined with limits for each country can create very significant waits for some categories.
|Immediate Relative: Spouse, unmarried children (under 21 years old), and parents of U.S. citizens
|No numerical limit
|Family Preference: Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older) of U.S. citizens
|7-9 years 2
|Family Preference: Spouse, sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents
|F2A: Spouse and minor children (under 21 years old)
|F2B: Unmarried sons and daughters (21 or older)
|Family Preference: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
|14-15 years 2
|Family Preference: Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens
|15-16 years 2
1 There is no quota for the immediate relative visa category, but it may take 6-12 months for USCIS to approve Form I-130 and transition to the embassy.2 Some countries like China, India, Mexico and Philippines may have significantly longer wait times.3 This category is presently “current.” However, it may take 6-12 months for USCIS to approve Form I-130 and transition to the embassy.
An I-130 approval does not give the beneficiary lawful status in the United States. It clears the way to apply for permanent residence (green card). There are additional steps on the path to permanent residence. After USCIS approves Form I-130, see what’s next. Within each category, USCIS processes the I-130 petition on a first-come, first-served basis.
Therefore, it is important to get onto this wait list early by establishing a priority date. It is extremely important that the petitioner file a well-prepared Form I-130 package that is free of errors and inconsistencies. After filing, the approval process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months for immediate relatives and could take several years for family preference categories.
- This is an approximation.
- It may be shorter for some and longer for others.
- Don’t forget — you can with your receipt number.
- The USCIS website also lists for an I-130 petition.
- If you believe that your case is outside the normal I-130 processing time, you can make a,
- Most I-130 petitions are denied or approved within Our goal is to help your family member get a green card.
And our customers generally experience some of the best I-130 processing times because of our approach. Our objective is to help you prepare a petition that exceeds the minimum requirements and is sufficiently documented to avoid RFEs and denials. Our system was designed by experienced attorneys.
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How often does USCIS update case status?
Average USCIS Processing Times – Once you file an immigration application, you obviously want your case processed as quickly as possible. However, USCIS receives hundreds of thousands of applications every year. To handle this enormous volume of paperwork, USCIS employs numerous service centers and field offices nationwide.
- Even so, wait times can range from a few months to over a year, depending on the type of application you file and how backed up the USCIS office is.
- For processing estimates, head to the USCIS website,
- Select the form you filed, the form category, and the office you sent it to from the drop-down lists.
Be aware that USCIS updates its average processing times once a month.
Is USCIS speeding up in 2023?
Progress Made – Some progress has been made in 2023. For example, approximately a two-month increase in processing times for most green card categories has been noticed. Green card petitions for refugee/asylee relatives have witnessed one of the highest improvements in processing times, from 28.6 months in 2022 to around 14.1 months in 2023.
The USCIS has also improved its processing time for work permits in 2023 to 3.6 months, up from 4.1 months in 2022. Green card petitions under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 are being processed much faster in 2023 (3.4 months compared to the 5.4 months processing time for 2022). In regard to Consular processing, great strides have been made in addressing backlogs.
Indeed, the Department of State expects to return to pre-pandemic processing times in Fiscal Year 2023.
What is the fastest immigration process?
1. Marriage to U.S. Citizen – This is the fastest way to immigrate. Typically, the process lasts from six to nine months, after which a temporary Green Card is received. Within the next two years, you must contact the USCIS again with proof of the validity of the marriage. After that, you can obtain permanent resident status, i.e., a permanent Green Card.
What is the 120 day rule for USCIS?
1. Administrative Closure for Failing to Appear at Initial Interview – An applicant abandons their application if the applicant fails to appear for their initial naturalization examination without good cause and without notifying USCIS of the reason for non-appearance within 30 days of the scheduled appointment.
- In the absence of timely notification by the applicant, an officer may administratively close the application without making a decision on the merits.
- An applicant may request to reopen an administratively closed application without fee by submitting a written request to USCIS within 1 year from the date the application was closed.
The date of the applicant’s request to reopen an application becomes the date of filing the naturalization application for purposes of determining eligibility for naturalization. If the applicant does not request reopening of an administratively closed application within 1 year from the date the application was closed, USCIS:
Considers the naturalization application abandoned; and Dismisses the application without further notice to the applicant.
Can green card be denied after interview?
What Happens if You Perform Poorly at the Green Card Interview? – One of a few things can happen if your green card interview doesn’t go well:
The USCIS may further investigate your caseYou may have an opportunity to present additional evidenceYou may receive a denial notice for your green card application
Because every green card case is unique, there are various ways that you’ll need to respond. An immigration attorney can help evaluate your specific case’s circumstances and facts to advise you about the best way to move forward with your application. Related: VAWA Green Cards
How long does it take to issue an immigrant visa after interview?
The determination on your eligibility for a visa can only be made by a consular officer on the day of the interview and only after all of your documents have been furnished and the results of the medical examination received. You should not resign from employment, sell property, or make final travel plans until your visa has been issued and you have the passport and immigrant visa package in hand.
If you are found eligible to receive a visa on the day of the interview you should allow approximately 10-15 working days for your application to be processed. Once issued, the passport containing the visa and the immigrant visa packet containing your documents will be handed to the courier company for delivery.
On receipt of your documents, the courier company will send you a message by text/email containing a tracking number. This number may be used to track the delivery online at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/iv Your documents will be returned to you in a large envelope.
How long after visa interview will I get my visa?
US Visa Processing Times for Different Visa Types – Here are the processing times for the US visas:
|2 to 4 weeks
|The E-1 visa processing time depends on the caseload of the US Embassy or USCIS if you applied from within the US. After the processing period is over, you will be notified about whether you have been given the visa or you were denied.
|4 to 6 weeks
|If you are an employee, it takes around 2 weeks. The processing time varies, however, with the workload of the US Embassy, so if you do not receive an answer within those time frames, it does not mean that your visa application was denied.
|The processing time might take longer as the Embassy might have a bigger workload.
|immediately after the interview
|The F-1 visa processing time is much shorter than other visas. The processing of this type of visa actually happens before your interview. The interview is the last step for the US Embassy to assess whether they should give you an F-1 visa or not. In most cases, you will get the response on this visa immediately after the interview. At the end of the visa interview, the interviewer might congratulate you for getting the visa, or will provide you with a document letting you know the reason for denial. There are, however, cases where the response and processing of the F-1 visa takes a few days, so you should be patient if that happens.
|Few days to 2 weeks
|After your F-2 interview, you might get a response immediately from your interviewer on whether you got the visa or you were denied. However, it is more common that the wait will be a few days or weeks. This is because the US Embassy will take their time to look over your documents and responses. They will particularly focus on you and the F-1 visa holder’s financial situation to determine whether you can cover your expenses while in the US.
|1 to 4 months
|The Waiver Review Division will go through your case and make a recommendation. They will send the recommendation to USCIS, which will then make the final decision on whether you will be allowed to stay or not.
|15 days to 3 months
|After the processing time, they will contact you to inform you whether you have been approved the visa or not.
|At least 4 weeks
|The processing time for the M-1 visa is quite short. The processing happens before your visa interview. There are cases when you get a response immediately after your visa interview ends, with the interviewer either congratulating you or stating the reasons for the rejection of your visa application.
|A couple of weeks to 2 months
|The processing times for the B-1 visas are not exact. This depends on the workload of the US Embassy and other factors that they take into consideration.
|A couple of weeks to 2 months
|Processing times for B-2 tourist visas and US visitor visas differ from country to country.
|3 to 6 months
|However, US Embassies in different countries/cities have various processing times, so it is best to contact them for any details, or visit the US State Department or USCIS for approximate processing times.
|4 to 6 months
|The time also depends on seasonal fluctuations, so for more accurate information, you should contact the US Embassy where you applied.
|Processing times vary for H-2A visas since it is seasonal and sometimes it might take longer. However, it is recommended for US employers to file USCIS petitions at least 60 days, but no more than 120 days before they need the foreign workers. The US government takes priority in H-2A visas so they expedite the process due to the fact that agricultural work is seasonal.
|4 to 6 weeks
|You will have to make sure that the institution petitions on your behalf at least 6 months before the training program starts. After that, you will have to gather your documents and proceed with the application. Depending on the demand at your local US Embassy, it might take one to three months for them to get back to you with a final decision on whether you will get the H-3 visa or not.
|Since your H-4 status is dependent on the status of the H type visa holder so your spouse or parent, it might take as long as it takes to process their visa. If, for example, your spouse is applying for an H-2A visa and you apply together, your visa will take the same time to process as your spouse’s. If you are applying separately though, the time it takes to process the H-4 visa will be up to the US Embassy and the workload that they have.
|3 to 4 months
|Blanket petitions are processed faster than individual ones. In addition, employers have the option of obtaining premium processing for the additional fees, which will speed up the L-1A processing time and you’ll get a response within 1 to 3 weeks.
|15 days to 1 month
|Depending on the Embassy’s workload and other factors, it might take longer.
|A few months
|8 to 9 months
|It takes some time to get the R-1 visa approved. After the employer sends in the petition, it takes around 6 months for USCIS to respond, due to the fact that they might have to visit the premises of the organization. If USCIS has visited the organization before and approved them, then premium processing is available for an extra $1,225 fee. With premium processing, you will get a response on your visa in about 2 weeks. If you do not have premium processing, after USCIS approves the petition, it might take another 2 to 3 months for the visa to process.
|3 to 6 months
|It is a long wait, but the US institutions offer the opportunity to pay for premium processing. If you choose to have premium processing of your visa, you must pay an additional $1,225 and you will get the response for your visa within 15 days. If the US institutions do not notify you of your visa status within 15 days, your money is reimbursed.
|2 to 3 months
|If you do not want to wait this long to get your response, then there is a way to speed up the process. For an additional $1,225, premium processing is available for the O visas. Premium processing means that your visa will be processed within 15 days and you will know the answer much sooner.
|5 working days
|Since the transit visa is for a short duration of time, its processing time is generally faster than for other visas.
|The processing time for the T visa varies. USCIS does not give an estimate or a time that applicants will have to wait for their visa to be processed after applying. This means that the processing time varies from person to person and is made based on the evidence that they give.
|12 to 18 months
|The U visa takes quite some time to process. The processing times may vary widely though, since, for example, if you are required to send in additional evidence to USCIS, processing times may become longer.