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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 June 30, 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, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S. April 2, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S. April 2, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1C - Nurses
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A - Temporary workers June 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B - Other temporary workers June 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 - Temporary trainees May 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E - Treaty traders and investors May 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L - Intracompany transfers June 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L May 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O - Extraordinary ability June 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers June 15, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process May 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R - Religious occupation February 1, 2017
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN-North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child February 1, 2017
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child February 1, 2017
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21
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 19, 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 April 1, 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 1, 2017
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants February 1, 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 April 16, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category April 16, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications April 16, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H and L dependents April 16, 2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students April 16, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors April 16, 2017
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications April 16, 2017
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
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 February 22, 2017
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 20, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)]
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] April 1, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)] April 1, 2017
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33).
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 April 1, 2017
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador initial or late filing
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador extension
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua extension
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition April 1, 2017
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Request for Deferred Action December 13, 2016
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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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