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USCIS Potomac Service Center Processing Times

Potomac Service Center

The following is the USCIS Potomac 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 June 28, 2016
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 10-year renewal June 28, 2016
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child October 28, 2016
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child October 28, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 December 6, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 September 12, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 December 6, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 December 6, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 December 6, 2016
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister December 6, 2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)] October 10, 2016

These Processing Times issued by USCIS gives you an estimate of how long it will take the Potomac 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 Potomac 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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