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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 January 31, 2016.


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 January 01, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad July 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S. July 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S. July 2, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1C - Nurses July 28, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A - Temporary workers January 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B - Other temporary workers January 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 - Temporary trainees January 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E - Treaty traders and investors December 31, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L - Intracompany transfers November 15, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L December 09, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O - Extraordinary ability January 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers January 31, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process January 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R - Religious occupation October 15, 2016
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN-North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional January 15, 2017
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child October 15, 2016
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child October 15, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 October 15, 2016
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, 2016
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 December 15, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Extraordinary ability July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Outstanding professor or researcher July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Multinational executive or manager July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Schedule A Nurses July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver July 28, 2016
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Skilled worker or professional July 28, 2016
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 July 28, 2016
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant Religious workers August 19, 2016
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants August 19, 2016
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications February 24, 2015
I-526 Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States July 28, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to H or L dependents July 2, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories January 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category January 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications January 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H and L dependents July 2, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students January 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors January 1, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications January 1, 2017
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility November 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 July 28, 2016
I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition Petition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee July 28, 2016
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents July 28, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)] December 15, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)] January 31, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] December 15, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)] December 15, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)] December 15, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization December 15, 2016
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador initial or late filing December 15, 2016
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador extension December 15, 2016
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing December 15, 2016
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua extension December 15, 2016
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition December 15, 2016
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Request for Deferred Action October 31, 2016
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals October 31, 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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