California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of September 30, 2017.

FormPurposeSub-TypeNow Processing Cases with Receipt Notice Date of:
I-90Application to Replace Permanent Resident CardInitial issuance or replacement
I-90Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card10-year renewal
I-90AApplication to Replace Permanent Resident CardInitial issuance or replacement for Special Agricultural Workers (SAW)
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure RecordInitial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94May 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroadJuly 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.April 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S.August 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1C – Nurses
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2A – Temporary workersJuly 15, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2B – Other temporary workersAugust 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-3 – Temporary traineesAugust 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerE – Treaty traders and investorsJune 15, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerL – Intracompany transfersMay 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerBlanket LMay 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerO – Extraordinary abilityJuly 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerP – Athletes, artists, and entertainersJuly 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerQ – Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace processAugust 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerR – Religious occupationAugust 1, 2017
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerTN-North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent childMay 1, 2017
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent childMay 1, 2017
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21February 15, 2017
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21February 2, 2016
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21March 20, 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterMay 19, 2011
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21August 23, 2016
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21May 27, 2015
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance paroleAugust 1, 2017
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerExtraordinary ability
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerOutstanding professor or researcher
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerMultinational executive or manager
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerSchedule A Nurses
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerAdvanced degree or exceptional ability
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerAdvanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerSkilled worker or professional
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerUnskilled worker
I-212Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or RemovalRead mission after deportation or removal
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantReligious workersJuly 1, 2017
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantAll other special immigrantsJuly 1, 2017
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust StatusEmployment-based adjustment applicationsApril 24, 2015
I-526Immigrant Petition By Alien EntrepreneurFor use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange of status to H or L dependentsAugust 1, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesMay 1, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange Status to the J exchange visitor categoryAugust 1, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other change of status applicationsJune 15, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of stay for H and L dependentsJuly 15, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsJuly 15, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for J exchange visitorsJuly 15, 2017
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applicationsJuly 1, 2017
I-601Application for Waiver of Grounds of InadmissibilityWaiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
I-612Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence RequirementApplication for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecutionMay 16, 2017
I-730Refugee/Asylee Relative PetitionPetition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions on ResidenceRemoval of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residentsAugust 3, 2016
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)]
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]August 1, 2017
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)]June 2, 2017
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33).
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)] June 2, 2017
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorizationJune 15, 2017
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador initial or late filing
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador extension
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHonduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusHonduras and Nicaragua extension
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionTo request further action on an approved application or petition
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionTo request further action on an approved application or petition

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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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