California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of May 31, 2019.

FormPurposeSub-TypeNow Processing Cases with Estimated time range of:
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure RecordInitial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94
3 Months to 8 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S.
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2A – Temporary workers
4 Weeks to 3 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2B – Other temporary workers4 Weeks to 3 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-3 – Temporary trainees2 Months to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerE – Treaty traders and investors
2 Months to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerL – Intracompany transfers
1.5 Months to 3.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerBlanket L
1.5 Months to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerO – Extraordinary ability
2 Weeks to 2.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerP – Athletes, artists, and entertainers2 Weeks to 2.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerQ – Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process2 Months to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerR – Religious occupation5 Months to 7 Months
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child
5 Months to 7 Months
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child
5 Months to 7 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21
36 Months to 46.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21
83.5 Months to 108.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister
95 Months to 123.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21
19 Months to 25 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21
46 Months to 59.5 Months
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance parole3 Months to 5 Months
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantAll other special immigrants5 Months to 7 Months
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust StatusEmployment-based adjustment applications
10.5 Months to 48.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange of status to H or L dependents
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange Status to the J exchange visitor category
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other change of status applications
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of stay for H and L dependents
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for J exchange visitors
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applications
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions on ResidenceRemoval of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
14 Months to 19 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]
3 Months to 5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorization
3 Months to 5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationHaiti extension
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHaiti Initial or Late Filing
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHaiti Extension
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action
18 Months to 23.5 Months

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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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