U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services’ top priority is reducing the time it takes to obtain green cards, visas, and employment authorizations in fiscal year 2022.

USCIS is now taking about 8 months to a year to issue work permits at the National Benefits Center, its main processing center. Across the agency, the volume of pending cases increased as well as associated processing times.

The COVID-19 pandemic and related funding and staffing issues have exacerbated the backlog across categories. At the end of the 2021 fiscal year, more than 8 million cases were pending before USCIS.

USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said reducing the backlog is one of the agency’s top priorities. “It doesn’t matter what benefit we are talking about or what you applied for, every single applicant who seeks a benefit from USCIS is entitled to a timely decision,” Jaddou said.

In order to accomplish that, USCIS is taking the following steps:

  • Hiring additional staff and recruiting proactively for positions that become open.
  • Moving work between offices to align workload with the agency’s capacity.
  • Trying to reduce requests for evidence (RFEs) by making it clearer ahead of time what evidence is required.
  • Reusing previously submitted biometrics when possible to eliminate the need for applicants to make an in-person appearance.
  • Issuing employment authorization documents (EADs) that are valid for two years instead of one for certain applicants with pending adjustment of status applications.
  • Shifting toward an “assessment-based” methodology for determining which applicants must be interviewed.

USCIS posted on its website a Historical National Median Processing Time (in Months) for all USCIS Offices for select forms by fiscal year.  The following is a shortlist of the forms and the processing times in months. To view the full chart visit the USCIS website.

FORMS BASIS 2022 FY PROCESSING TIMES
I-90 Initial issuance, replacement or renewal 1.2 months
I-129F All Classifications 9.3 months
I-130 Immediate Relative 9.8 months
I-131 Advance Parole Document 7.2 months
I-131 Parole in Place 4.4 months
I-131 Travel Document 8.9 months
I-140 Immigrant Petition (Premium filed) 0.4 months
I-140 Immigrant Petition (non Premium filed) 11.2 months
I-360 Immigrant Petition (All Classifications) 6.7 months
I-485 Based on grant of asylum more than 1 year ago 26.2 months
I-485 Employment-based adjustment applications 11.1 months
I-485 Family-based adjustment applications 10.3 months
I-485 Based on Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (CAA) 9.3 months
I-751 Removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status (spouses and children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents) 16.8 months
I-765 All other applications for employment authorization 6.7 months
I-765 Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33). 0.9 months
I-765 Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application 7.2 months
I-821D Request for Renewal of Deferred Action 0.9 months
N-400 Application for Naturalization 11.8 months

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