USCIS has released processing times for the applications they process. Information is not available for cases pending at the Potomac Service Center. Receipt numbers that begin with the letter string YSC are at the Potomac Service Center. These processing times are as of June 30, 2016. Here are some points of note:
- O and P visa processing times have been shortened.
- H-1B processing time has been reduced.
- VAWA applications are at 5 months.
- Employment Cards are still taking over 3 months for the most part.
- U Visa processing is stuck.
- Most EB-1 and EB-2 petitions are around 4 months at the Texas Service Center, but they are taking more time at the Nebraska Service Center. The National Interest Waiver is taking nearly 9 months in Nebraska.
- Fiance and many family-based petitions are taking 5 months for processing.
- An application to remove conditions on permanent residence is taking 10 months for processing.
Highlights from a Recent SCOPS Teleconference
Periodically, Service Center Operations Directorate has a teleconference or meeting with AILA to inquire upon important issues relating to USCIS petitions and applications. Here are some highlights from the teleconference with SCOPS earlier this month.
H-1B change of status and extension of status applications continue to take a frustratingly long time and there is little action on USCIS’ behalf to mitigate that problem. Their best advice is to file as early as possible.
If the petitioner files a Power of Attorney and includes it with the petition, the attorney can sign the forms for the petitioner on an employment-based petition.
Green Cards will not contain a hyphen. They will put a space instead, i.e. Smith Diaz instead of Smith-Diaz.
Both the Texas Service Centers and Nebraska Service Centers will follow Matter of H-V-P. This is an important AAO decision for National Interest Waiver cases.
USCIS confirmed that they adjudicate cases FIFO – First in First Out.
USCIS is actively processing U visa cases.