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USCIS California Service Center Processing Times

California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of May 31, 2017.


Form Purpose Sub-Type

Now Processing Cases with Receipt Notice Date of:

I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 10-year renewal
I-90A Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement for Special Agricultural Workers (SAW)
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94 May 01, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad April 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S. April 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S. April 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1C - Nurses
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A - Temporary workers May 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B - Other temporary workers May 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 - Temporary trainees May 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E - Treaty traders and investors May 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L - Intracompany transfers May 25, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L May 25, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O - Extraordinary ability May 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers May 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process May 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R - Religious occupation February 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN-North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional May 15, 2017
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child February 15, 2017
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child February 15, 2017
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 February 15, 2017
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 February 2, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 March 20, 2012
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister May 17, 2011
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 August 23, 2017
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 May 27, 2015
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole March 15, 2017
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Extraordinary ability
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Outstanding professor or researcher
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Multinational executive or manager
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Schedule A Nurses
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Skilled worker or professional
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Unskilled worker
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal Read mission after deportation or removal
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant Religious workers February 15, 2017
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants February 15, 2017
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications April 24, 2015
I-526 Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to H or L dependents April 2, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories March 17, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category May 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications May 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H and L dependents April 2, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students March 14, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors May 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications May 1, 2017
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility March 15, 2016
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution November 4, 2016
I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition Petition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents June 15, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)] April 15, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)] May 31, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] April 15, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)]
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33). April 15, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)]
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization March 03, 2017
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador initial or late filing March 15, 2017
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador extension March 15, 2017
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing March 15, 2017
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua extension March 15, 2017
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition April 15, 2017
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Request for Deferred Action December 7, 2016
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals December 7, 2016

These Processing Times issued by USCIS gives you an estimate of how long it will take the California Service Center to process a class of petitions or applications. USCIS generally processes cases as they are received ("first in, first out"). USCIS has also developed internal goals for most types of petitions and applications. For example, the stated goal for Form I-129's (H-1B petitions) is 2 months.

How to use the Processing Time Report:

  1. Check your receipt notice (I-797C, Notice of Action) and make sure that the receipt number begins with "WAC".
  2. Look for the Form number or Purpose for your petition or application.
  3. Look for the specific Sub-type for your petition or application, if applicable.
  4. Check the column titled "Now Processing Cases with Receipt Notice Date of". If you see a date, the Service Center is currently processing cases filed on or before that date. If you see "X" months, it means that the Service Center is processing cases within their internally-developed goal time frames.

If you find that your case is outside "normal" processing times, you can contact USCIS Customer Service.

NOTE: If you received a notice from USCIS informing you that the case has been transferred from the California Service Center to another Service Center or Local Field Office, check the processing times for the destination Service Center or Local Field Offices.


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