California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of October 31, 2018.

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
3.5 Months to 7 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad
7.5 Months to 10 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.
7.5 Months to 10 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S.
7.5 Months to 10 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2A – Temporary workers
1 Week to 3 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2B – Other temporary workers1 Week to 3 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-3 – Temporary trainees3 Weeks to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerE – Treaty traders and investors
3 Weeks to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerL – Intracompany transfers
5 Months to 7 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerBlanket L
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerO – Extraordinary ability
1 Week to 2.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerP – Athletes, artists, and entertainers1 Week to 2.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerQ – Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process3 Weeks to 4 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerR – Religious occupation4 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
30.5 Months to 39.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21
77.5 Months to 101 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister
89 Months to 115.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21
18.5 Months to 24.5 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21
39.5 Months to 51 Months
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance parole2 Months to 5 Months
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantAll other special immigrants4 Months to 7 Months
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust StatusEmployment-based adjustment applications
13.5 Months to 42 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange of status to H or L dependents
1.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories
7.5 Months to 10 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange Status to the J exchange visitor category
1.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other change of status applications
3 Months to 5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of stay for H and L dependents
3.5 Months to 5.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students
7.5 Months to 10 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for J exchange visitors
3 Months to 5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applications
3 Months to 5 Months
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions on ResidenceRemoval of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
15.5 Months to 21.5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]
2 Months to 5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorization
2 Months to 5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationHaiti extension
15 Months to 19.5 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHaiti Initial or Late Filing
15 Months to 19.5 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHaiti Extension
15 Months to 19.5 Months
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action
12 Months to 16 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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